An 18-year-old thief’s grandparents gave him the tough love he needed when they decided to turn him into police after recognizing him from robbery surveillance footage.
Charles Floyd and his wife saw footage released by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department of a group of teens ransacking a gas station.
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INDIANAPOLIS – Detectives have arrested 18-year-old Jonathan Ratcliff in connection with a series of brazen shoplifting cases at several Westside Phillip 66 gas stations. It is alleged that several suspects entered several different gas stations and ransacked the businesses as they stuffed bags with stolen merchandise. These brazen suspects just did not care and came with the sole intent of causing mayhem. Detectives released surveillance footage, to the public, of the suspects entering a Phillip 66 with a mob type mentality and stealing. A mother who saw her son in public images decided to do the right thing and surrender him to authorities. Once in custody, the suspect provided detectives enough evidence to arrest and preliminarily charge him with Theft. To the remaining suspects, IMPD encourages you to turn yourself(s) in. Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers of Indiana at (317) 262-TIPS.Posted by IMPD News on Friday, February 19, 2016
The police department shared the video clips with the public in an effort to find more information on the group allegedly responsible for raids on several local gas station locations.
When the Floyds realized one of the suspects was their own grandson, Jonathan Ratcliff, they reported him to police and even drove him to the station to turn himself in, The Huffington Post reports.
While the couple did the morally responsible thing by giving up their grandson, it wasn’t an easy thing to do by any means.
"It's just hurtful," Ratcliff’s grandfather reportedly told WISH. "Because we had talked to him about, you know, getting his life right."
Ratcliff’s involvement in the crimes was also confirmed by homework assignments with his name written on them obtained from a backpack that he allegedly threw at a store clerk during one of the raids, according to The Huffington Post.
“He could have made it right the first time and let it alone but that’s not what he chose to do, so this is what I chose to do, this is what we chose to do,” Ratcliff’s grandfather said. “After the warnings we gave him and everything, can’t say I would even appear in court.”
Ratcliff faces a preliminary charge of theft. Despite his arrest, he is evidently remaining loyal to his comrades as the other suspects are reportedly still at large.
What would you have done if this was your child?
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