We would like you all to know we stand by our reporting on this story. We spoke with an apartment manager at Garden Village Apartments on Friday and asked about the eviction/stolen shoes. The response we got stated that any criminal activity on or near the premises was grounds for immediate eviction. We have learned more this morning from speaking with the mother of Tanya Abbey. She tells KJCT that managers at the apartment complex approached Ms. Abbey asking about a stolen pair of shoes, which they had heard through the grapevine had been taken by her son Oren. When she admitted the shoes had indeed been shoplifted, the managers told her the theft was grounds for eviction. Ms. Abbey also apparently received some sort of document regarding a possible eviction, which we hope to obtain. Tanya's mother also shared with us that Tanya was late on her rent. She paid that today and was told the eviction had been voided. We continue to work the story today and will keep you up to date.
It was a tough story to hear, but on Friday KJCT sat down and talked with Tanya Abbey, a single mother who is being forced to leave her apartment after her 13-year-old son stole a pair of shoes from Kmart.
"I don't know what I'm going to do," said Abbey.
Tanya's a single mother of three who has found herself in a tough spot.
She and her family won't be home for Christmas after her teenage son Oran got caught shoplifting a pair of shoes.
The act violated the family's lease.
"My shoes were getting warn out, it was getting cold and my feet were getting cold," said Oran.
Now he has much more to worry about than cold feet.
"[I feel] Like I let my mom down, like I let everyone down," adds Oran.
The manager of Garden Village gave us a general statement saying, "Any criminal activity on or near the premises is grounds for immediate eviction."
Young Oran says he didn't realize his actions would put his entire family at risk.
"I thought it would just affect me, I had no idea it would affect my mom or my brother and sister. I feel like if they should be kicking anyone out it should be me," said Oran.
"It just makes me feel horrible, it makes me feel like I can't even give my kids a Christmas now, I have to pack up my stuff and store it, instead of putting up a tree," said Oran.
So renters beware. For you never know when just one act could put you and your loved ones out on the street, even during the holidays.
"And for the whole family to be punished for it…that's just not, not cool, it's not right, it's heartless is what it is," said Tanya.
Now Tanya and her three little ones just hope they can find room at the Homeward Bound homeless shelter this holiday.