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Police: Man steals cell phone from 4-year-old, texts ‘LMAO’ to her father

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Mykhal Henderson is accused of stealing a phone from a 4-year-old girl in Deltona, Florida. (Source: WKMG via CNN) Mykhal Henderson is accused of stealing a phone from a 4-year-old girl in Deltona, Florida. (Source: WKMG via CNN)

DELTONA, Fla. (WKMG/CNN) – Police in Florida arrested a man accused of stealing a cell phone from a 4-year-old girl inside a Walmart store.

Nelson Quiles and his family took a shopping trip earlier this month to buy his son a birthday cake. While inside, his little girl, Angelina, went with her uncle to return a movie at the Red Box.

"I was trying to put the movies back in the movie box and then I put it down,” Angelina said of the phone.

Her father added, “She put the phone down for a quick second to put the movies into the Red Box, and somebody snatched it up.”

Quiles said he went back to look for the phone but it wasn't there. He decided to send a text message to the phone, and that’s when, deputies said, Mykhal Henderson responded.

"I was telling him he should return the phone because he stole it from a 4-year-old,” Quiles said. “He pretty much laughed in my face.”

Investigators said Henderson texted back "LMAO," which is text slang for laughter.

Henderson allegedly told him that he found the phone on the floor and was going to keep it.

Deputies said surveillance video captured Henderson walking into the store. He was seen walking out of the store pushing a cart with a purchase he made online.

Detectives identified him from that order and arrested him during a traffic stop, where they say he confessed.

Henderson’s criminal history shows he has six prior convictions for theft.

Deputies said they’ll be returning the phone to the 4-year-old very soon. 

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