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Teen girls facing theft charges after allegedly stealing packages

Peer pressure, dares and lack of judgment can often result in kids and teenagers making questionable decisions. Though many of these decisions may not have lasting consequences, some actions could potentially result in law enforcement becoming involved. Two teenage girls in Florida have recently found themselves in such a predicament that resulted in their facing theft charges.

The two girls were deemed porch pirates, a term coined during the holiday season when individuals would steal packages outside homes. Apparently, the two girls were riding in a golf cart when a surveillance camera reportedly caught them stopping in front of homes and taking packages. Authorities were alerted to the thefts, and they were able to recover an electronic device, a T-shirt and hand cream from three packages allegedly stolen.

As a result of the situation, the girls were charged with petit theft. One victim stated that he hoped the charges would deter other individuals from coming to the neighborhood and attempting to commit crimes. Authorities enrolled the girls, whose ages were not given, into the Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program, and upon completion of the program, the arrests and charges will not remain on their criminal records.

Parents of Florida kids and teens undoubtedly hope to avoid this type of situation. However, as this case shows, that is not always the case. Whether facing theft charges or other allegations, dealing with juvenile charges is still a serious situation. Therefore, parents may want to ensure that they understand their legal options for helping their children deal with such legal predicaments.

Source: kron4.com, "CAUGHT: 2 teen girls charged in golf cart porch pirate thefts in Florida", Corey Davis, Dec. 21, 2017

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