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Latino Daily News

Friday July 6, 2012

Latino Teen Facing Teddy Bear Theft and Harm to 6-Year-Old Charges in El Paso, Texas

Latino Teen Facing Teddy Bear Theft and Harm to 6-Year-Old Charges in El Paso, Texas

Photo: Martin Morales - El Paso Police

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Everyone is talking about the ‘Ted’ movie and that foul-mouth teddy bear that appears to be man’s real best friend.  The movie is No. 1 in the country opening up strong last weekend at the box office with $54.4 million in ticket sales

We aren’t sure if the popular movie influenced this teddy bear thievery in El Paso, Texas earlier this week.  Teddy bears are expected to make a popularity surge thanks to ‘Ted’. 

17-year-old Martin Morales stole one of those cuddly creatures from Mr. C Toys inside the Outlet Shoppes mall by hiding it in his pockets.  He was approached by store management and asked to return inside the store.

Morales panicked when he realized mall security was being called and made matters worse by pushing a 6-year-old child as he ran out of the store.  The child was injured on a store display and Morales was apprehended shortly thereafter by the store manager who ran after him.

The teddy bear thievery has resulted in Morales facing injury to a child and second degree felony charges.  He was placed in the El Paso jail with a $5,000 bond.