Hialeah Couple Scammed $30,000 From Babies"R"Us Stores in Miami-Dade and Broward: BSO

Detectives say the couple had their 12-year-old son help them.

By Claudia DoCampo
|  Thursday, Jun 27, 2013  |  Updated 10:10 AM EDT
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A Hialeah couple is being held for stealing more than $30,000 in merchandise from Babies

A Hialeah couple is being held for stealing more than $30,000 in merchandise from Babies"R"Us stores, all with the help of their 12-year-old son, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office. NBC 6's Claudia DoCampo has the story.

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A Hialeah couple is being held for stealing more than $30,000 in merchandise from Babies"R"Us stores -- all with the help of their 12-year-old son.

Edgar Portela, 30, and wife Yanderi Soto, 30, were taken into custody after taking items from the more than 50 stores shelves in Miami-Dade and Broward counties and returning them with old receipts or pretending they were gifts, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

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Detectives say the couple had a 12-year-old child with them as well as a 10-month-old baby.

The children are now being cared for by relatives while the couple is being held at a Broward County jail. The Department of Children and Families has no prior history with the family, spokeswoman Lissette Valdes-Valle said.

Portela and Soto are charged with theft, conspiracy and fraud and they are each being held on $15,000 bond. It is unknown whether they have an attorney.

Stay with NBC6.com and NBC 6 South Florida for updates.

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