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Teenagers caught stealing for Christmas gifts
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A teenage couple was allegedly caught stealing items they intended to use as Christmas gifts two days before the national holiday.

Oxford resident Lucas Hernandez, 17, and his 15-year-old girlfriend, who resides in Conyers, were stopped outside of Kohl’s, 1630 Dogwood Drive, Conyers, after allegedly being seen attempting to stealing a female’s watch and female cosmetic products.

According to the police report, Kohl’s Loss Prevention Officer Adrian Burke spotted the two take the items of display walk to the fitting room area. While there, Hernandez gave the items to his girlfriend at which point she entered the fitting room and concealed the items in her purse.

The two exited the store without paying for the items, which were worth $94.49 altogether, and Burke confronted them about the stolen items.

According to the police report, Hernandez agreed to waive his Miranda Rights told officers why they chose to steal the items. 

“He stated that they had arrived to make Christmas purchases and had selected the items to buy,” the officer wrote in report. “When they saw the line was so long to check out, they elected to conceal the items and leave without payment.”

 Hernandez also stated the idea was his girlfriend’s and that he had never “shoplifted” in his life. 

Hernandez was arrested and taken to the Rockdale County Jail with a charge of shoplifting. Hernandez's girlfriend was returned to her mother per Department of Juvenile Justice.