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Boy's shoplifting has Colo. family facing eviction

Tanya Abbey (right) of Grand Junction, Colo., with two of her three children, including 13-year-old Oran, left. CBS Denver

Tanya Abbey (right) of Grand Junction, Colo., with two of her three children, including 13-year-old Oran, left.
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(CBS) GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A 13-year-old Colorado boy admits he shoplifted a pair of shoes.

Because of that, his mother, brother and sister are all on the verge of being evicted from their apartment, CBS Denver reports.

Grand Junction single mother Tanya Abbey says she and her three children won't be home for Christmas after her 13-year-old son Oran got caught shoplifting a pair of shoes - an act that violated the family's lease.

According to CBS Denver, in a statement, the manager of Garden Village Apartments said any criminal activity on or near the premises is grounds for immediate eviction.

"My shoes were getting worn out ... it was getting cold, my feet were getting cold," Oran said, by way of explaining the theft.

"I let my mom down, like I let everybody down," he said.

Oran said he didn't mean to put his whole family at risk.

"I thought it would just affect me. I had no idea it would affect my mom or my brother and sister, and I feel like if they should be kicking anybody out it should be me," he said.

In a few weeks the family will have to pack up and leave home, according to that lease. Most likely, they'll be spending Christmas day in a shelter.

"It just makes me feel horrible. It makes me feel like I can't even give my kids a Christmas now," Abbey said. "I have to pack up my stuff and store it, instead of putting up a tree."

  • Barry Leibowitz

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