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 Hyderabad: Two More Telugu Students Arrested for Shoplifting in the US

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Hyderabad: Two More Telugu Students Arrested for Shoplifting in the US

Hyderabad,20th June 2024 : In a fresh incident that has once again put the spotlight on the challenges faced by Indian students abroad, two students from the Telugu states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana were recently arrested by the Dallas police in the United States for shoplifting at Macy’s Mall in Dallas, Texas.

Details of the Incident

According to reports from the Telugu Scribe, the students were detained by the mall’s security staff while attempting to steal merchandise from the popular retail store. The Dallas police were called to the scene, and the students were subsequently arrested. The stolen items included clothing and accessories amounting to several hundred dollars.

Legal Proceedings and Bail

The arrested students were promptly processed by the local judicial system and were granted bail shortly thereafter. However, the legal process is ongoing, and they will have to appear in court to face charges of theft.

 A Repeat Offender Among Them

Of significant concern is that one of the students involved in the incident has been identified as a habitual offender. This individual has a documented history of shoplifting from various stores across the US. Law enforcement agencies have linked her to multiple previous thefts, suggesting a pattern of behavior rather than an isolated incident.

A Recurrent Issue

This incident is not an isolated one but part of a worrying trend involving Indian students engaging in shoplifting in the US. Previous cases have highlighted similar issues, raising questions about the underlying causes and the measures needed to address them.

 Community and Institutional Response

The Telugu community in the US, along with various student organizations, has expressed deep concern over this recurring problem. The Telugu Association of North America (TANA) and other groups are calling for increased awareness and support for students to help them avoid such pitfalls.

Community leaders emphasize the importance of understanding and respecting the laws of the host country. They also highlight the need for better support systems to help students deal with financial pressures, cultural adjustments, and other challenges that might lead them to engage in illegal activities.

Addressing the Root Causes

Experts suggest that financial difficulties, peer pressure, and a lack of understanding of the severe consequences of shoplifting in the US might contribute to such incidents. Educational institutions and community organizations are urged to provide more comprehensive orientation programs for international students, focusing on legal awareness and ethical behavior.


The arrest of two more Indian students from the Telugu states for shoplifting in the US is a stark reminder of the challenges faced by international students. While this incident underscores the necessity for students to adhere strictly to the law, it also calls for a collective effort to support and guide them in navigating their lives abroad responsibly. Enhanced educational initiatives and community support can play a crucial role in preventing such unfortunate incidents in the future.

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