Sue White was 23-years-old when she stuck a Hot Wheels car into her pocket, walked into a convenience store and pointed it at the attendant.
“Give me all the money in the drawer.”
I know this because she told me.
I know that she was homeless, that she was unhappy. I know that, one-day, something happened that made her want to take back control.
That something was love.
Sue spent 12 years behind this razor wire
“It was my first relationship – I just fell completely in love with this woman.”
They found each other living on the street. They decided to make a change.
“Did you ever see Thelma and Louise?” Sue asked.1
Sue and her co-defendant committed five counts of armed robbery without ever actually being armed.
The Hot Wheels heist was one. Here’s another:
Christmas was coming. Sue was crashing at a house with another homeless woman and her kid.
She heard the 5-year-old ask his mother, Does Santa know how to find me?
“And it just broke my heart.”
So Sue went to Target, filled a basket with toys, shoes and clothes, and walked right out the door.
She placed the stolen goods out front the house, knocked on the door and ran.
There was a note. This is what it said:
“I just wanted to make sure you know I didn’t forget you.
Merry Christmas, love Santa.”
And with each robbery, Sue kept thinking, “If I can just do this one more time, maybe I can get enough (money) to hold myself over until I find a job.”
Then she went to prison … More
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