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Clearwater Police: adults tell child to steal as they watch

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First, they hit the "Ron Jon Surf Shop" on Mandalay Boulevard in Clearwater Sunday.

Clearwater Police say the woman wore green and was pushing a stroller. In store security video, the man was seen wearing a stolen Ron Jon shirt and stealing a pair of shorts and flip flops.

Police say their helper was a boy about 10-years-old.

After the shop the trio targeted the upstairs Hooters restaurant.

Video shows the boy sneak into a storage room, and make off with two purses. The couple waited with a baby stroller and, the man pointed to where he wanted the stolen purses stashed.

Bartender Meadow Walker discovered her stuff stolen around quitting time. "I lost my driver's license. My credit card. Miscellaneous things that were in my purse," said Walker.

 "I did see the surveillance videos. I know that if I see them again, I'm gonna confront them about it. But it's just really messed up that they'd come in here. They're our customers. They're our regulars. And they're gonna take from us," she said. 

Having a kid do the dirty work has detectives especially angry. "They are coaching him, telling him, encouraging him, steal this, steal that, go get those purses. Bring them to us. It's almost like a family day out. But with a day of crime," said Clearwater Police Department Spokesman, Rob Shaw.

Being ripped off by a kid, with adults calling the shots, had Walker upset. "It's one thing if you're gonna go in a store and shoplift and take merchandise. But to take somebody's purse from where they're working, they're upstairs. They have no idea what's going on. Mean, it's just wrong," said Walker.

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