Daily Mail reports:
When a Florida mother caught her 15-year-old son using a cell phone she didn’t recognize during a parent-teacher conference, alarm bells went off.
Lakesha Robinson, 37, from Fort Myers, decided to investigate for herself whether or not her son, Chris Salters, was stealing.
After doing her own sleuthing, she tracked down the true owner of the phone, who said it had been stolen from his truck along with his wallet and credit cards.
‘I said, “Call the police, do whatever you have to do.” Because if my son is involved, or anybody else, they’re going to jail, because he shouldn’t be out there doing this,’ Robinson told Inside Edition.
Later, she found bags from McDonald’s and Walmart in her son’s car with receipts matching amounts spent on the stolen credit card.
‘I instantly started crying,’ Robinson said.
Because of her own criminal background, Robinson didn’t want her son to make similar mistakes. Until 2007, she sold drugs and had been charged with criminal mischief and petit theft.
‘I lived this life and I don’t want him to live this life. I’m not losing my son to the system or to the streets. My son isn’t going to be a statistic.
‘If I had to do this so he does better, it’s how I’m going to do it. I’m just not allowing my son to take that path.
‘I’m gonna stop it ahead of time. This could’ve ended way differently. Someone could’ve caught him, shot him and asked questions later,’ she told Inside.
Satlers was charged with four counts of burglary, while two other boys – Alvero Jackson and Lovens Sylfroid, both 18 – each face eight charges.
Jackson and Sylfroid remain in Lee County Jail while Satlers was taken to a juvenile assessment center for 12 hours.
‘I don’t want to see my mom cry. I apologize for stealing,’ he said, when asked about the crime.
Robinson, though, is determined that her son understands the full magnitude of what he’s done so he can forge a different path than the one she made years ago.
‘They don’t know what I went through and they don’t know my story. I’m actually saving my son’s life because if I don’t do it now, nobody will do it,’ she said.
Satlers is due in court on January 3.