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Three-year-old girl caught shoplifting

TT/The Local · 24 Apr 2010, 11:00

Published: 24 Apr 2010 11:00 GMT+02:00

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"It must be a record, I've never come across a three-year-old thief before," police inspector Mats Attin told news website nyhetskanalen.se.

The junior thieves were stopped as they tried to slip passed a pay desk at a Citygross supermarket. Staff found children's clothing worth 700 kronor ($100) hidden under the girls' clothes, and under the three-year-old who was sitting in a stroller.

"We are convinced there was an adult involved in this since the clothes weren't even the right size for the girls; they were for even younger children. But nobody saw them entering the store with an adult," said Mats Attin.

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When police drove the girls home to their family, their parents said they thought the children had been out playing in the yard. As their was no proof of adult intervention, the case was handed over by the police to social services officials.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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12:08 April 24, 2010 by Nemesis
There is no way 3 and 7 year olds have been involved in shop lifting without adult involvement.

The parents should have spent a few weeks in a police cell answering questions regarding this.
12:50 April 24, 2010 by soultraveler3
Yeah, there's no way they did this on their own.

It's sad but it's also scary that parents would send a 7 year old and a 3 year old into town by themselves, that's way too young. Anyone could've taken them and been gone.
12:56 April 24, 2010 by iddqd
7 year olds can be old enough for shoplifting on their own.

when my sister was 5 she always stole childrens books from the supermarket till we found out and told her it's not allowed. maybe the 7yo stole the cloth for her dolls?
13:28 April 24, 2010 by Xcellent
In the US shoplifters are as young as 5 yrs old, so it can happen.
15:09 April 24, 2010 by cbeynch
This story appears to be short on detail. Perhaps due to deliberate obfuscation. Could someone please fill in the blanks?
17:08 April 24, 2010 by stabbull
These are children, and children from time to time pick up bad habits if it were in Africa where i came from, some spanking in the nyash(buttocks) or punishments like kneeling down with hands up, stand on one leg with one finger touching the ground would teach the children never to do that again, but i guess in sweden, you do that and you will explain your self in court. I wonder how the police will deal with the case.
20:11 April 24, 2010 by spongepaddy

Yes, I think physically torturing the children is definitely the right way to go. Nothing teaches a child a moral lesson like some torture. They tortured me as a kid and look, I'm just fine!
20:51 April 24, 2010 by Pacey
The spelling for their should be : there at the end. Can I be the guy who spell checks The Local
21:10 April 24, 2010 by spongepaddy
@ Pacey:

Right you are! I say give you the job, immediately!
23:08 April 24, 2010 by wxman
Cebeynch, I think you may be on to something. My guess is these were blonde Swedish shoplifters. You know, the ones that are so common in Malmo.
00:59 April 25, 2010 by cbeynch
I agree, that they were blonde. But I happen to think they were Icelandic. These icelanders can't be trusted. Just look at the havoc they caused with this volcano they decided to set off.
02:29 April 25, 2010 by waybackwhen
"We are convinced there was an adult involved in this since the clothes weren't even the right size for the girls; they were for even younger children. But nobody saw them entering the store with an adult," said Mats Attin.

These police geniuses seem to think that a 3 & 7 year old would be able to understand what sizes they were stealing ?
03:32 April 25, 2010 by studentecon
It´s me or almost every weird news in Sweden is coming from Malmö ?
11:39 April 25, 2010 by stabbull

i think u have a point, how could they have known the sizes they were stealing.

unless they were stealing to resell.
11:40 April 25, 2010 by StockholmSam
Uncle Jonas goes into the store. 10 minutes later, mommy and daddy drop off little Per and Madeleine in the parking lot and watch Per push Madeleine through the door in a stroller. Once inside, Uncle Jonas quietly loads Per and Madeleine up with the proper items and watches from afar as the kids go through the line. Once the kids are stopped and the police arrive, Uncle Jonas rings mommy and daddy to tell them the jig is up. Mommy and daddy drive home as fast as possible and put on the tea while waiting for the police to come knocking. When the police arrive with Per and Madeliene in the patrol car, the parents are shocked - shocked, I tell you - to find that the kids were not in the yard playing the past hour-and-a-half as the parents thought. And yes, the parents did check on the kids during that long time frame...its just that they thought the mulberry bush was Per and a scraggly tree in the corner was Madeleine. "Sorry coppers, we'll keep a closer eye on these little troublemakers from now on." :-)
15:08 April 25, 2010 by iddqd
a lot of children can read at the age of 7, so choosing the right size shouldn't be a problem for a 7yo unless it's a retard
19:04 April 25, 2010 by Ben Mowbray
Who lets a 7 year old push a stroller of by themselves without adult supervision. I've only seen that sort of thing back when I was living in a cheaper, and shall we say, more multicultural neighbourhood. Utterly irresponsible to see five year olds looking after toddlers and the like. Disgusting parenting, no matter the cultural background. Who does not keep an eye on children under 7 years old?
02:18 April 27, 2010 by Davyboy
I'm curious. Were these children Swedish? I sincerely doubt it. If I'm right, I just hope that 'The Local' is not surrendering to that terrible disease inflicting much of the European, so-called free press called 'political correctness'. Adopting the 'Ostrich Syndrome' and hoping the problem will go way, is not the answer.

It should be a normal part of a story to say where these kids were from. If, for example, there was a car crash in Sweden involving,say, Australians on holiday, then the press would no doubt say, 'Australian tourists involved in car accident' but when we get nothing about the nationality of these kids, it's quite easy for us to draw our own conclusions.

A few days ago in the UK, there was a big article in a Newspaper about how a certain indigenous group of people from Eastern Europe were getting paid by gangs to send their kids to the UK with people-traffickers, so that the kids could steal and beg on the streets of London. It's a big problem here. in many cases, when the gangs are arrested, they are extremely difficult to deport, and scream about their 'human rights,' saying they'd be mistreated if they were sent back, so the British taxpayer has to look after them.

Maybe I'm wrong, but by not covering all the salient facts of this story, it encourages people to arrive at their own conclusions.
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