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VIDEO: Liquor Store Owner Says Family Walked Out Without Paying For Rum

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A South Florida liquor store owner believes a family walked out of his establishment without paying for a bottle of rum.

FOX's Lorena Estrada has the story.

The alleged theft occurred at Rollo's Liquor in South Miami. The liquor store owner, Carman Rollo, said the group of six included two adults, two young women and two kids.

Rollo describes the young women that walked into his liquor store and said they were not looking for anything specific. "They have 5 or 6-year-old kids in here. It looks like the daughter, the mother and the granddaughter and grandkids," Rollo told WSVN. "Pointing to items and grabbing bottles randomly and bring them up and talking, and just total choas."

According to the owner, the family was inside the store for a while distracting the clerk, asking all kinds of questions. Once the clerk was distracted, Rollo said, the teenage girl took a $30 bottle of Parrot Bay Rum from the shelf and placed it in her purse. She allegedly then joined the others at the counter, and they abruptly left.

"My first thought would be they brought children, why would they steal?" said Rollo.

The owner said he observed the activity from an office in another part of the store and came out to investigate, but by then the group had already left. Rollo said surveillance video shows the teen placing the item in a purse. "She went up front, which signaled to the rest of the group she got what she intended, and the whole group dropped everything and walked out the door, got in the car and took off," said Rollo. "Immediately, all questions ended, nothing purchased, no sales. Once the job was done, they were out of here."

Miami-Dade Police is investigating and want to talk to the two women seen on surveillance video.

He said he does not know if anything else was taken. Although the loss was not much, Rollo, who has a child of his own, said his biggest concern is that someone would allegedly use a child to steal. "Hopefully, someone that knows them, lets them know what they are doing is really bad, and they apply some pressure and stop for the kids sake," he said.

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