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Boy asks for job, then shoplifts from same store, police say

November 22, 2011 | 11:49 am

Boy shoplifts after submitting resume
A Santa Clarita teenager applying for a job at a hobby shop dropped off his resume then grabbed a $129 Airsoft gun and strolled out the door, police said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because he's underage, explained his thinking this way:

“Honestly, I wasn't planning on stealing anything," he told KTLA-TV. "I was actually trying to get a job. And... what can I say? I'm a teenager, that's stupid.”

An airsoft gun is a replica firearm that propels plastic pellets.

Authorities with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s station went to Airsoft & Hobby World on Bouquet Canyon Road shortly after the Nov. 14 petty theft.

Sgt. Darren Harris confirmed the teenager presented a resume to a store employee, but the worker told him applicants must be at least 18 years old.  

“The subject said, ‘That sucks,’ and wandered around the store,” Harris said.

The case has been assigned to a detective, and the investigation is ongoing, Harris said. The teen has not been arrested. 

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Photo: Surveillance video shows teen applicant allegedly shoplifting at Airsoft & Hobby World. Credit: KTLA-TV

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