NYPD Puts Collar On Alleged Mother-Child Shoplifting Team

Cops: Store Video Shows 11-Year-Old Learning The Ropes

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — She won’t be winning mother of the year.

Prosecutors say a mom was allegedly teaching her young son the art of the five-finger discount. And as CBS 2’s John Slattery reports, police said they have surveillance video of the two caught in the act.

Carolyn Taylor, 35, of the Bronx stands accused of teaching her 11-year-old son, Enrique Tate, the finer points of shoplifting.

“I think it’s disgraceful. She’s basically raising him to be a criminal,” one New Yorker told Slattery.

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Their alleged run of theft started on the Upper West Side at a Baby Gap, where police said the pair was caught on camera lifting a woman’s wallet from her baby stroller.

Next, the pair was allegedly caught on camera inside a pharmacy on West 72nd. The boy is seen allegedly grabbing one item. The mother appears to stash an expensive box of shampoo into her bag. Then the mother appears to lift another high-priced hair product and seems to direct the boy to grab another item, which is then passed off to the mother.

“She would take items, for example, shampoo items that would cost $60 apiece and 200 to 300 at a time,” pharmacy manager Donnell Davis said.

Yet, police said, before they leave they’d use a credit card, allegedly stolen earlier in the day, to lend a look of legitimacy. The manager said he saw the duo in the store several times. The last time, they were arrested.

It’s all reminiscent of the Fagan character in “Oliver” who educates children in a life of crime.

“That’s disgusting. It shouldn’t happen. You shouldn’t take your child around doing that. It’s not right,” a New Yorker said.

Conventional wisdom is that a child’s first and best teachers are his parents. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule.

Taylor, who faces several charges including larceny and endangering the welfare of a child, is out on bail. Her son was also charged and taken to juvenile court.

Disgusted by this? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.


One Comment

  1. kendra says:

    i just don,t understand why would a mother teach there child such foolish behavior …where the 1s that iare supposed to teach our kids right from wrong when they turn about 5 or 6 years old…she is supposed be a good role model for her child..now she might have problems with him when you grows up in society..smh…smh…

  2. C.J. says:

    What does the bible have to do with this story? Isn’t the bible a bunch tales??

  3. rc136561 says:

    Let me guess her and her son were black? Obviously she never heard of the bible & the 10 commandmenrts.

    1. MRS. I. UNDERSTAND says:

      @ REAL COMMON IDIOT136561…You are an absoulute moron. Just in case you did not know, a good percentage of whites are thieves as well.

      This woman should definitely be ashamed of herself. Parental guidance and right fromwrong starts in the home from infancy. This child is learning from her and perhaps a father. He should not be held acountable for what his mother is teaching him at this age. He should definitely be removed from her “care” and placed with someone who will teach him love, respect, and respect for other peoples’ property.

    2. scny39 says:

      you don’t even speak English properly and you are spewing racial comments. Hmm, let me guess, you are ignorant? For the record, genius, it’s “she and her son” not “her and her son”….wow..fool.

    3. SICK OF U says:


    4. James Johnson says:

      I wonder what color are those high tech identity thieves and by the way, RC, it should be “she and her sons” not “her and her sons.”

  4. BeautifulLife11 says:

    Story Update: Upon hearing the news the mayor has decided to hold the child’s 1st-5th grade teachers (child did not attend K) accountable saying, “His teachers should have identified his propensity for stealing, should have taught him right from wrong, contacted his guidance counselor and called the mother in for a conference to make her aware of her child’s increasingly bad behavior!” The NYPD will look into the matter……

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