Not a modern day Robin Hood with a twist! One young lady faces the possibility of felony charges after giving away part of her grandmother’s savings to classmates and others.
At this time, the girl’s identity has not been made public due to being a minor. However, The 14-year-old girl, who lives about 60 miles northwest of Orlando in Summerfield, allegedly swiped about $13,500 from the safe at her grandmother’s house.
Marion County delegates responded to a call from Lake Weir High School on October 20 about a complaint by a student giving cash to their classmate. The arrest report states that the receiving students pocketed hundreds each NBC News.
The girl asked for money at first of unknown origin
School officials searched the teenager’s backpack and discovered nearly $2,500. At first, the girl testified that an unknown former student had given her the money because they wanted it distributed.
However, those involved in the case later discovered the money was not a random act of generosity. Instead, the teenage girl committed a crime against her grandmother by dipping her hand into her life savings. Investigators revealed that the 14-year-old girl broke into the safe of the elderly’s home and obtained more than 13,000 USD. The girl told investigators she opened the safe with a screwdriver and metal stick.
It is not clear whether the boy lived with his grandmother or visited during the break-in. Although the girl admitted to stealing thousands of cars, she did not give investigators the motive behind the break-in. The girl also did not mention why her classmates at school and at the bus stop became beneficiaries of the stolen money.
“She advised her to take a stack of $20 bills about six inches in size out of the safe,” according to the arrest report.
Officials recover less than half of stolen money
Within 24 hours of arresting the teen, officials had recovered about $700 of the money other students received. The grandmother received that $700 plus the $2,500 found in the girl’s backpack.
Multiple newspapers reported that the girl was facing charges of grand theft. Under Florida law, grand theft means “unlawfully taking or using property valued at $750 or more” with the intent of blocking property owners from their right to use them.
With the money taken, the girl could be considered for third degree grand theft, which lists the theft of property valued between $750 and less than $20,000.
A sentence means up to 5 years in prison or 5 years of probation with a $5,000 fine. It is not clear whether she or the state was the driving force behind the charges and whether the girl will seek an attorney.