August 2, by Nathaly Pesantez
A teen girl and a young boy are accused of working together to steal stuffed toys from a flower shop on Greenpoint Avenue.
The owner of Flowers by Giorgie, the flower shop on 45-17 Greenpoint Avenue, claims that on August 1 at around 9:15 p.m., a teen girl was distracting staff inside the shop while a young boy, believed to be between eight-to-10 years of age, pulled down two stuffed toys toward the front of the store and walked out, a Facebook post by the shop reads.
Surveillance video posted on Facebook shows the young boy reaching for and grabbing a jumbo plush panda first and cradling it on the side of his body. Immediately after, he jumps up to grab another jumbo white plush bear. Another shared video shows the young boy leaving the shop, lugging the two stuffed animals nearly his size on either side of his body.
The shop says the teenage girl left shortly after.
Sandra Calle, the 25-year-old daughter of store owner Giorgie Calle, says the stuffed panda was valued at $125, while the white one was priced at $85.
“It happened really quick,” she said. “She came straight to the back where the counter is and began to ask questions to my dad.”
Giorgie noticed that the young boy entered the shop with the teen girl at around the same time, but could not confirm that they were together when he fled the scene first while the teen girl stayed.
When he went to the back of the store to check surveillance video, the girl had already left.
Giorgie is baffled by the incident. “Do they know where their kids are and what they’re doing?” he said.
The shop says they have already notified police, and are asking for the surveillance photos and video to be shared, which have been viewed over 650 times as of this morning.