COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah (AP) — Two parents face charges after Cottonwood Heights police say they used their 10-year-old son as a pawn in a shoplifting scheme.
Police say they caught onto the plan when they were called to a Home Depot Wednesday afternoon, after security officers stopped a 10-year-old boy leaving the store with roofing nails and a flashlight.
Police say the boy told them his parents were planning on paying for it all along, but officers didn’t believe the story.
Sgt. Gary Young says investigators questioned the family, who later said they were low on money for school supplies and planned to steal from Home Depot, then return the items for cash.
Young says police opted not to arrest the parents to spare the children from entering the foster care system.
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