Woman Caught On Camera Allegedly Stealing Toddler’s iPad


UPDATED: Thursday September 5, 2013 5:35 PM

A woman is being accused of stealing an iPad from a toddler.

The alleged crime was caught on camera, and now the child has her iPad back.

Three-year-old Stella Spitzer loves playing games on her iPad.  Her dad said she takes it with her everywhere, sometimes even on shopping trips. It was on a recent shopping trip to the Lewis Center Walmart that the toddler's device disappeared.    

The girl’s father, Joel Spitzer, said he initially thought his daughter misplaced it or left it somewhere in the store, but he said it didn’t take very long for him to realize that the tablet had been stolen.

Surveillance video from inside the store shows Spitzer pushing the cart with his daughter up to the pharmacy counter.  

A short time later, a woman, who detectives said is pushing her own child in a cart, appears in the frame. The woman can be seen standing near Spitzer's cart, and his little girl, who is now out of the cart.

Fast forward a few minutes, and the camera captures the woman quickly swipe the
iPad.

“Obviously as a father or four, it is somewhat alarming that a mother would have their child accompany them to steal another child’s of similar age – their iPad,” said Spitzer.

Spitzer said he was able to track the iPad to this apartment complex near Schrock and Karl roads using an app on his home computer.

Wednesday night detectives paid the suspect a visit.

“They retrieved it, and at that point she informed the detectives that her 10-year-old daughter had found the iPad somewhere,” Spitzer said.

Detectives said they didn't buy it; they took the iPad and returned it to Spitzer, who said after weeks without it - his daughter is happy to be reunited with her favorite toy.
    
Detectives said they plan to charge the woman with theft.

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