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Giuliani Daughter Shoplifting Arrest: Is Alleged Theft a Cry for Help?

Caroline Giuliani, center (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

(CBS/AP) Caroline Giuliani, the 20-year-old daughter of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, was arrested after allegedly stealing $100 worth of cosmetics from a Sephora store in Manhattan.

The Harvard senior was captured on camera stuffing her pockets at the pricey cosmetic shop.

Caroline Giuliani is the younger of the former New York mayor's two children with ex-wife Donna Hanover, a television reporter and actress.

She is believed to be estranged from her prosecutor-turned-politican father.

Why would such a wealthy and privileged young woman feel the need to shoplift? It's a question as old as Winona Ryder.

"When your parents are high profile," she says, "and when your family doesn't have much of a private life, you might feel cheated," says April Benson, PhD, a  New York City psychologist. "Sometimes they feel that they've been cheated out of life and that they are owed."

Benson says that in families - and she is quick to say that she does not whether this is true for the Giulianis - where the unspoken rule is to pretend that everything is okay when it isn't, children find other ways to "cry out for help."

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