Video: Thirteen year old's shoplifting bust leads to family eviction notice just before Christmas?

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'Tis the season for Scrooge stories -- and a report out of Grand Junction was made to order. A GJ mom says she and her three kids are being evicted from their apartment after her thirteen-year-old son shoplifted a pair of shoes from Kmart -- because, he says, his feet were cold; see the video below. But while a building rep says there's more to the story than that, she's not saying what.

The story was first reported by Grand Junction's KJCT on December 7, but it took a few days before working its way east. The station quoted Oran, Tanya Abbey's oldest son, as saying that he nabbed the footwear because "my shoes were getting worn out. It was getting cold and my feet were getting cold.

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The Garden Village Apartments in Grand Junction.
"I thought it would just affect me," he went on. "I had no idea it would affect my mom or my brother and sister. I feel like if they should be kicking anyone out, it should be me."

As for the Garden Village Apartments, where Abbey and her clan are living, the manager issued a statement that reads, "Any criminal activity on or near the premises is grounds for immediate eviction."

That's pretty cold, too. But now, with Denver outlets such as CBS4 on the case, the bosses at the apartment complex are modifying their commentary. "There's no way we would evict anyone on a minor shoplifting crime," the manager told 9News.

But that doesn't mean Abbey and her offspring have been invited to stay. The manager maintains that other issues are involved in the eviction, but she won't divulge what they are due to what are termed "privacy concerns."

Meanwhile, we're learning Abbey has a criminal record, albeit a fairly minor one -- a 2003 guilty plea for third-degree assault and a 2007 arrest for vehicle theft and DUI.

Will there be a happy ending in time for Christmas? Even Scrooge can't answer that question yet.

Here's a CBS4 report about the incident.

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ryan.nino303
ryan.nino303

This story is sad. I think the housing people are a**holes. Growing up I always had shoes. Nice shoes. But I remember the kids with the cheap generic shoes. The unpopular kids. I had all the friends. I was popular. I had a nice house. Everything I wanted pretty much but I always felt bad for the kids that didn't have nice things like I did. My dad coached basketball when I was growing up and I remember there was this kid on the team who wore boots to practice and games because his mom couldn't afford basketball shoes for him. My dad bought him basketball shoes and he was grateful. My dad is the bomb. I wish this kid in the article had someone to help him out so he didn't feel like he had to steal.

People on here should not be thinking how bad this kid is, but how good YOU have it.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Oran should change his name to Jean Valjean ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 ""Any criminal activity on or near the premises is grounds for immediate eviction.""

That includes marijuana use, as it is still a Federal Crime ?

Tommy James
Tommy James

Every news source in Denver had this story 2 days ago. Good job Westword.

mj_s
mj_s

It looks like Subsidized Housing, HUD has strict rules about drugs and crime....They can and will kick you out.....Lesson learned....

NayNay Darko
NayNay Darko

It doesn't seem like he was trying to be greedy. He stole shoes from Kmart. This is America. Our children shouldn't have to steal shoes to keep their feet warm. The Kmart should consider giving this family gift certificates for shoes and clothing and hire this boy as soon as he's old enough to work. I'm willing to bet he would be a most loyal employee!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Before I was ten, I was caught shoplifting a 'Star Wars' lunchbox. My foster 'father' beat me to the point of missing a few days of school.

 I NEVER shoplifted again......

chellmabelle
chellmabelle

where's the cop to buy this kid some new shoes? he didn't do anything but come from a broken home and now he doesn't even have one.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

Maybe this will teach them to not be criminals.  The parenting obviously isn't working.

Carter Spencer
Carter Spencer

At least evict them after the holidays. Then my a hole self won't care.

Richard Scott Taylor
Richard Scott Taylor

The management has already stated that there is more to the story, but due to privacy laws they cannot disclose what. They reiterated the idea that they would NOT evict based solely on a Juvenile offense alone.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@ryan.nino303 Like the post, Ryan. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

ryan.nino303
ryan.nino303

@BackOffImStarving  Maybe you don't know all of the facts. Maybe they didn't have the money for the kid to buy new shoes. Maybe that is an embarrassing thing for a 13 year old to have to go threw. It has little to do with parenting, genius. Stealing is wrong, but what would you do in that kids situation. I guess you cant answer that because you don't know his situation. Not everyone might have had the awesome upbringing that you did with everything given to them. It shows in your empathy for a child.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@BackOffImStarving  Kinda' harsh ....

ryan.nino303
ryan.nino303

@BackOffImStarving @ryan.nino303 My gun is bolted back. Nothing in my house is worth someone risking their life for. That would be unfortunate for the individual trying to steal from me. But what you don't understand is the problem isn't theft. Its a quality of life and lack of positive role models and positive reinforcement. If you have kids, they have taken sh*t they shouldn't have. If you don't have kids you will, and they will be thieves just to spite you.

He wasn't stealing to steal, he wasn't stealing a video game...HE WAS STEALING SHOES BECAUSE HIS FEET WERE COLD. You are the reason people lose hope for humanity, not because kids steal shoes because their feet are cold. I do not condone stealing but I would love to take your shoes and throw you outside and see if you dont do what you have to do.

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