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TAMARAC (CBSMiami) – Grace Plata, the owner of Grace Salon in Tamarac, hopes a young man is caught and changes his ways; learns you can get the things you want in life without stealing them from a helpless child.

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Friday afternoon in the beauty parlor on North State Road 7, four-year-old Alejandro Ariza was watching cartoons on an iPad, while his mother Jenny Rincon, a cosmetologist in training, was helping a client.

Suddenly, a young man appearing to be in his late teens, opened the parlor door and snatched the iPad from the little boy’s hands.

Security video shows the thief, wearing a purple T-shirt and beige shorts, darting out the door with the iPad.

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Seven-year-old Andres Garcia, the iPads owner, told CBS4’s Gary Nelson he wished he had been there instead of in a store down the way in the strip mall. He and his friend could have nabbed the thief, he said.

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“I could have jumped on him, Andres said. “And Alejandro could have sat on him,” the child said, his face stern.

“I was afraid, I was very nervous,” said Alejandro’s mother. That didn’t keep her and others in the shop from chasing after the fleet-footed thief, without success. Even little Alejandro darted out the door, appearing stunned and confused.

“It’s terrible,” the boys mother said, “because it’s a baby, stealing from an innocent baby four years old.”

In a despicable moment, innocence was lost at the beauty parlor.

“I never expected something like that would happen,” said Plata, the spa owner. “Now we’re going to have to change a lot of things here to make my clients more secure.”

From the hands of a babe, a thief grabbed an iPad, stealing that – and more – from the hair salon.

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Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS.