Shoplifting Couple Raided After Appearance on Dr. Phil

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2009 4:29 PM CDT
Shoplifting Couple Raided After Appearance on Dr. Phil
A novel punishment for shoplifting.   (AP Photo)

A couple that revealed their thieving ways to TV psychologist Dr. Phil appear to have received a federal investigation in return, the North County Times reports. The California couple appeared on Dr. Phil’s show in November and were shown on a 3-day shoplifting road trip with their children. Last week, their home was raided by a federal task force that recovered stolen goods. No charges have yet been filed.

A Secret Service agent said it was an “ongoing investigation;” the mother of the family, citing the lack of arrests, called the interest “routine.” On the show, her husband said their appearance was a bid to escape their life of crime. “I think it's something to help us stop, because my cover's blown.” The couple reckons they’ve stolen about $1 million worth of merchandise in the past 7 years. “They're going to catch you,” Dr. Phil said. (Read more shoplifting stories.)

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