Police are seeking a man who allegedly sent a toddler into an arcade game to steal prizes that are stored in the machine. The tiny female accomplice went into a slot near the bottom of the game, allowing her to reach the items inside. After removing the prizes, the toddler handed them over to the suspect.
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Footage of the theft was captured last week at the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire, according to a report by Fox News.
The male suspect told the toddler to climb into the arcade game and to grab items from inside the machine, allowing the man to collect the prizes without paying for them or playing the game to win them.
Another young child, a boy who police believe is between the ages of 5 and 7 years old, is also seen in the video, crouching next to the man as the toddler goes into the machine.
Hannah Forese, a hostess at a Red Robin at the mall, witnessed the event and contacted mall security after overhearing two restaurant patrons discussing what was occurring.
“Two people came [into the Red Robin], and I heard them say, ‘That’s so unsafe.’ So I went outside, and all I saw was the toddler’s head peeping out of the front of the machine,” said Forese.
Forese said she saw the man and two children leave the area with multiple prizes in hand, including video game systems.
Salem police reached out to the public online, hoping that someone would recognize the man of the children.