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Eviction reprieve for Colo. family in shoplifting case

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.
CBS Denver
(CBS) GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A single mother and her three children who expected to be evicted from their Grand Junction home after one of the kids stole a pair of shoes will be allowed to stay after all, CBS Denver reports.

Tanya Abbey was convinced she and her family wouldn't be able to stay in their 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.

However, Dan Whalen, Executive Director of Housing Resources of Western Colorado said in regards to Abbey's claim they would be evicted from their home at the Garden Village Apartments, "I can unequivocally state that under no circumstances will any tenant at this project be required to vacate prior to or during the upcoming holidays."

The Garden Village Apartments also confirmed that although tenants are subject to compliance to federal, state and local laws, they would not evict someone over a minor's shoplifting charge.

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