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12-Year-Old Thief Writes $3300 Worth Of Bad Checks – For Candy

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shutterstock_97848971__1374929171_142.196.156.251I’m pretty sure every child has tried their luck stealing from a candy store – or at least thought about it. Some think about it but don’t do it, some do it and return it, and some break into their neighbor’s mailbox and steal a checkbook to purchase $3300 worth of it. Wait – what?

A 12-year-old girl in France wrote 21 fraudulent checks which she used to buy candy – $3300 worth of candy. The girl stole the checkbook from a neighbors mailbox and used it to buy treats at a bakery in Mérignac, near Bordeaux. How does one purchase $3300 worth of candy? Those must have been some swanky macaroons.

The girl was obviously pleasantly surprised when the bad check went over without a hitch – she continued her con using the neighbors checks for months. When the bakery finally went to cash the checks, they bounced, and the jig was up. Who takes a check from a 12-year-old girl? That’s weird.

Can you imagine how thrilled this girl was? Stealing is bad – I’m not condoning it at all – but can you imagine being 12 and having the power to buy infinite amounts of candy? Once when I was around 10-years-old a friend and I happened upon a vending machine that was broken. We put in our fifty cents, pushed the candy dispenser button and all of the candy came falling out of the machine. All of it. It was the happiest day of my young life.

Police apprehended the 12-year-old this week. She was released after her parents agreed to pay back what she owed. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that she won’t be getting any Christmas presents for a few years.

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