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Police try to catch thief in ‘Oliver Twist’ case

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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — Police are trying to catch an adult seen on a surveillance videotape using a toddler to steal a purse from a boardwalk arcade worker.

Authorities released the videotape and say they have several leads in a case that some are comparing to Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist."

The theft happened just after midnight Sunday at Lucky Leo's in Seaside Heights, where a surveillance camera was rolling.

The video shows an adult with shoulder-length brown hair with a girl and a red-haired boy. The adult uses a foot to push the girl under a short swinging door and the child steals a worker's purse.