Maybe it was an accident, or maybe the woman at a Deerfield ice cream shop just didn't realize she had lifted a $20 bill that two 12-year-olds had laid on the counter. Maybe. But until police are able to find the woman and talk to her about the incident, they're treating it like a theft.
A surveillance video from inside a Baskin-Robbins store in the northwest suburb shows the two girls putting the money down on the counter while a woman pays for her ice cream. The woman is then seen picking up the money, along with her own ice cream, and walking away.
"We're just very curious to see if there's another side of the story," said Deerfield's Deputy Police Chief Tom Keane. "Come forward and talk about it," he added.
Keane says that the woman they are seeking had three small children with her when she pocketed the money, leaving open the possibility that she was merely distracted and didn't realize what had happened.
"Was this just a mistake or was this with intent?" he asked.
While Deerfield police have not received any tips on who the woman might be, that may change when the video goes national.
"I just got a call from 'Inside Edition,'" Keane said.
All this for 20 bucks?