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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

America's Most Wanted

Have you seen this toddler?

Northern California detectives are on the look-out for this adolescent and you should be too. They say the baby girl shown in this photo remains the focus of an international manhunt for her alleged crimes.

Lucia has been seen exiting various businesses and pre-schools with the following items:

Scene of the incident: Blockbuster Video candy aisle
Stolen item: Cherry Passion Tic Tacs


Scene of the incident: Her brother's pre-school
Stolen item: Safari Farm Ram


Scene of the incident: Wells Fargo Bank
Stolen item: Dum-Dum Sucker

In the most recent episode, police fear that Lucia may be altering her pattern of simply hiding the stolen item in her clenched hand until her mother discovers her later trying to eat it. Yesterday, while at the bank, Lucia pushed the Santa Claus mug containing the Dum-Dum suckers onto the floor, smashing it into a million pieces and creating general chaos, all as part of a diversion to steal a sucker.

Although several tips have trickled in regarding Lucia's whereabouts, she's managed to remain at large. Detectives are hopeful that this won't always be the case, but for now, the fear is that she will strike again, laughing at the fun of it all.

-Francesca

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43 comments:

Jo said...

Hee hee hee! Great post! I think if she has a career as a shoplifter ahead of her, you need to get her to get you some nice earrings.

Kailey said...

Oh, what a cutie! I stole a sucker once when I was a kid. I really thought the police were going to come for me.

Jillene said...

She is SO adorable!! Hey--anything for a sucker right?!

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Brilliant post! You're such a great writer!

Lucia is precious. Let's hope the authorities don't find her. :)

Thanks for the giveaway exposure tips! I will have to check those sites out....

Lara said...

Oh dear! But actually quite adorable! I have a little shoplifter myself. The worst are those car shaped grocery carts where she can easily take things off of the shelves at the checkout.

Deb said...

I love it. Deb Jr. once stole candy at the zoo...I was mortified.

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

How do you come up with this stuff! too funny...this happened to us at Toys R us during Xmas shopping, however since Fiona is old enough to know that we (she) stold it, I was forced to make my mother go rewait in line to pay for the "stolen" Barbie Chocolate coins, so Fiona could see that you must pay!

Rachel said...

I think she would get off with a warning on account of overall cuteness!!! Great post and thanks for the offer to protest at Gap Headquarters for us...I'll try again for the Regis and Kelly contest. Maybe both our babies will be finalist and we can meet in NYC. :)

Mainly a midwife said...

That's so cute. I stole something..once. I was at the local market and walked by an irresistible open bag of cirus peanuts.. I took one and popped it into my mouth. My mom found it and marched me right up to the customer service counter. She made me give it back, dripping with saliva and all. I never stole anything every again.

The Thompson's said...

Oh Francesca, that was too funny! I think we might have one of those running around here somewhere.

Willow Tree said...

Have I said you're a genius lately? Just sayin.

My son had stealing spree at the Disney store 2 years ago; it was about 30 minutes and 3 stores later that I saw all the Higgly Town Heros stuffed into the stroller. Um...

I (ran) back to the store and piled all the stuff on the counter for the manager. She was really nice about it; she even said, geez we didn't see all that stuff disappear either! We could not believe how many toys he had; like 7!, stuffed under him.

Some people's kids I say. Bwaaahahahaha!

Blessings, Carolynn

Kimmy said...

That is just too cute!! She is such a cutie pie too! :O)

Good luck with this :O)

seriously? said...

I have taken note and I will be on the look out for this little rascal. She is speedy and cunning but, I am sure justice will prevail!!! :)

Too cute!!!

Heather of the EO said...

What a naughty little clepto. If she's caught, I hope they lay down the LAW. You know, taking away all sucker FOREVER.

(o.k. I can't keep up this charade, she's here with me, eating dum dum after dum dum and I'm never going to tell.)

The Blonde Duck said...

I'll have the cookie-stealing bunny on high alert in case she smuggles any baked goods...

Vanessa said...

Cutest CHEEKS ever! She can get away w/anything in my book!

Kristina P. said...

That last picture of her totally made me laugh. She's adorable!

forever folding laundry said...

She doesn't have to steal a thing from me. With that face I'd give her anything she wants!

Mina said...

Hahaha! That's adorable. You need to start training her to shift her focus from sweet to shiny!

Erin said...

They are always cutest when they have a smile on their face. It's almost like you WANT them to steal the sucker, because they are so darn cute!

blueviolet said...

With that little smile, she should know that every one of those items would have been given to her if she had just asked!

Lori said...

LOL! I love Mina's comment... "shift her focus from sweet to shiny." Classic.

Hey, I've been missing my marbles for the longest, is that Lucia's doing? She is the cutest thing ever. What a perfect picture to go along with your post.

Omah's Helping Hands said...

Oh oh, she's starting young!!! Hee hee, how cute. She is so adorable. All three of you have beautiful children.

Thanks for the giggles. What a cute way of telling the story. :)

tara @ kidz said...

Stopping by via Stesha's blog to find out who these cool chicks were she was talking about!

Great post. Love your blog. Way cute kiddos!

amanda said...

that is HILARIOUS!! she is such a cutie...i'm sure no one will turn her in...

KGW said...

I guessed right when I saw Stesha's cool chicks. I figured I'd end up here. I think the baby chick is young enough to be reformed b4 it's too late. LOL!

Monica said...

I have an urge to check her pockets for the remote to my DVD player.

She is beyond cute. Does she have a boyfriend because Jack is the strong silent type...and I promise to raise him to be a gentleman that puts down the seat.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Very clever!

Counselormama said...

Kids are notorious thieves! My mom said when I was a toddler she would go to fabric stores and when we got home she would find spools of thread that I hid in my stroller!

CIRCLE OF LIFE said...

Hello

Thank you for stoping by my blog that was so sweet of you . # 5 big hit with every one I know right.

I love this post I see my daughter in it in so many places that is a fact. most wanted to pinch those cute cheeks.

what aa beautiful family are all those sweet faces your's .

What a busy mama, I do get overwehelmed with 2 at times IU can not even think of over 2 gosh. that would be funny .

I sure hop I can follow you if you do npt mind and please feel free to do the same. have a blessed day.

Yes any conversation with someone older then 2 is awesome huh.

stACEy said...

thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Cons to cali? the ONLY ONE I can think of aside from earthquakes is just cost of living LOL

other than that? it's paradise

Mama Zen said...

She's so cute! She's definitely making thievery look fun!

Melissa said...

First off... thanks for visiting my blog :D
She's a cutie... and those are the ones who are usually the most dangerous! Watch out for that one ;)

Meg said...

That is too funny! How could one arrest a face like that? How, I ask you?

LisAway said...

What a bad, bad girl! (and darling)

The Thompson's said...

Francesca,

There is an award for you on my site! Check it out.

Tim

girlsinwhitedresses said...

She is SO cute. Wow though, that would stress me out as a mom to have my little sweetie swiping stuff! It reminds me of my brief childhood career as a thief (after being driven back to the store to confess to my theft of a pack of gum, I did not try it again!)
Susan

The Thompson's said...

Francesca,

I am a SAHD. And yes it is work. I have a new found appreciation for what you ladies do. Fortunately for me I have only been doing it on a temporary basis. I am looking to forward reentering the workforce now. :)

Tim

KGW said...

Just stopping by to answer your question. Right now I post on Joan of All Trades more, but I still post on DiverCity at least a couple of times a month. Thanks for your interest and support! I'm giving you ladies a blog award tomorrow, so drop by Joan of All Trades to claim your prize.

Brooke said...

Oh, you are in trouble! That girl is way too cute for her own good! I'm guessing that no one even minds that she is stealing stuff, because they would probably GIVE it to her if she was old enough to ask! She's just too cute!

Jessica said...

wow, I can't believe how cute she is... you must just sit and kiss those cheeks all day long!

Debbie said...

So what you are saying is that a sweet tooth can be the start of a life of crime? I always suspected.

The Johnson 5 said...

Never get in the way of a woman and her sweet tooth!!