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From the Bay News 9 website, not the story to make you believe in Christmas spirit and good tidings...

Using their children to distract employees while they broke into locked cases and stole $1,000s, a Pinellas Park couple are accused of grand theft and child abuse.

The 35-year-old man and his 33-year-old baby mama are now in danger of losing their kids. Treasure Island police found them after their caller I.D. led police right to their door.

The Suncoast Surf Shop owner told police that the suspects called his store shortly before closing. The family came in and the two children distracted an employee by making messes and disrupting the business. Meanwhile the couple broke a display case open and looted the watches inside.

The couple got away with shoplifting over $500 in watches but were ultimately caught because of the phone call.

The store clerk recognized the man's voice from his earlier telephone call and the police soon had their man. Further investigation showed that the couple had also stolen items from another surf shop. They are also charged with grand theft as a result of that incident.

The Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the children while the defendants scramble money together for a bond.



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