Sandra Green was devastated. As she watched the video on TV, she couldn’t believe it.
Her son, 18-year-old Kevin King, was one of the three men pictured in surveillance video released by the Clearwater Police Department.
The men broke into a house and stole a family’s belongings before taking off.
Green immediately sent King a message.
“I told him, ‘come home, take a shower, get you something good to eat,'” said Green. “‘We’re going over to Clearwater.'”
Green lives in Riverview with her son. He dropped out of high school after 10th grade, but wasn’t a troublemaker.
Last year, they got into a fight that led to his first arrest, but she described the incident as isolated. She believes the two other men pictured in the video are friends he’s played ball with since he was a kid.
She’s already contacted their parents.
At King’s first appearance on burglary and grand theft charges, Green told the judge she believes he got caught up hanging around the wrong people.
“He’s a good kid, he’s been getting caught up lately with the wrong kind of crowd.”
After Green confronted her son about the video and his television debut, he told her where she could find some of the stolen belongings.
They were in a bag at a park where he frequented in Tampa. She told the judge, and he found it hard to believe.
“And then we went to the park where somebody left some of the items in a bag in the bushes and..”
Judge Phillip Federico chimed in, “Seriously, somebody left the items in the bushes in a bag?”
Green responded, “Somebody that he knows.”
Green knows she did the right thing, but that doesn’t make it any easier as a parent.
“Heartbreak. I didn’t raise him that way. At all. He has no business, or no reason to go into anyone’s house and take anything,” she said.
King remains behind bars for now. Judge Federico told Green she should let him stay in for a little while to let what he did sink in.
Green’s main concern is her son. She wants to get him on the right track, before a burglary escalates into a much more serious crime.
She also is offering her apologies to the victim’s family.
“I apologize, tremendously,” said Green. “Can’t apologize enough.”