While he denied it, you feel it was because of a couple of kids he'd started hanging around with not too long ago. A close friend of yours is the principal where Steven attends middle school, and he'd told you that the two boys tend to be in trouble pretty regularly, though nothing horrible enough to expel them.
For the shoplifting, Steven received your absolute, top-notch, A-one, butt busting. You also got him busy with other things, so he was distracted from spending as much time with these new kids. With just a bit of subtle guidance (and funding) from you, he started spending more time with his old friends again.
Now, school is out. Steven's old friends are on vacations or visiting non-custodial parents. He's been complaining about being bored. You've tried to help, but you're trying to get things done at work so you can take vacation, which limits how much you can do with him.
Today, you got a call at work. It's the owner of a shop near your home that deals in a lot of pop culture items. You leave work and go to the store.
Steven won't identify the two, but from the description, you have no doubt who it is.
The thing is, Steven apparently didn't steal anything, and he says that, not only did he not know they were shoplifting, but he didn't warn them that the owner was coming.
Do you have something about your best, butt busting effort? Do you need it this time?