Florida girl gives away stolen 10g cash to classmates: MPs

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SUMMERFIELD, Fla. – A 14-year-old girl caused a stir at a North Florida high school when she gave away more than $10,000 she is accused of stealing from her grandmother, officials said.

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Marion County deputies responded Thursday to Lake Weir High School in Summerfield after they reported a student was giving classmates hundreds of dollars each, according to an arrest report. Summerfield is about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Orlando.

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School officials searched the girl’s backpack and found about $2,500, deputies said. The girl said the money was given to her by an unknown former student who wanted to spread the money further. The girl was later found to have broken into her grandmother’s home safe and stole about $13,500 of the woman’s life savings, investigators said.

The arrest report does not say why the girl allegedly took the money or why she gave it to her classmates.

By Friday, officials had recovered about $700 of the money other students had received. That money and the $2,500 recovered from the girl’s backpack were returned to the grandmother.

The girl faces charges of grand theft.


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