11-year-old girl steals $10,000, takes cab cross country

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(KTVI)- An 11-year-old girl from central Arkansas hopped in a cab and made it half way to Florida before cops track her down.

Now the family is asking why the driver took more than one thousand dollars in cash and didn’t ask any questions.

The girl’s family was stunned by how far her plan went.

When family members woke to find 11-year-old Alexis Waller gone, they were terrified.

You always just you know think the worst,” said her father Brent Waller. “I thought some guy had come and scooped her up.”

Alexis swiped $10,000 in cash from her grandmother’s sock drawer. In the middle of the night, she left, walked to a Bryant gas station and hitched a ride from a stranger to little rock.

From there she called a taxi.

According to Alexis, the taxi driver “didn’t really ask anything he just asked me where I needed to go.”

She wanted to go see a boy she met on vacation and kept in touch with over the last two years.

Alexis Waller, took cab to Georgia. “I said i need to go to Jacksonville, Florida he’s like do you have money and I’m like yes.”

When Bryant police got a frantic call from the parents they dropped everything and began a search.

After obtaining cell phone records, police discovered Alexis’ call to the cab company — soon they were on the phone with the driver who told them they were just outside Atlanta, Georgia.

Alexis Waller took cab to Georgia. She was glad that her family found her. “…I knew I made a mistake after awhile and I didn’t have a phone.”

Her parents drove nine hours through the night to pick her up.When they finally laid eyes on her they were angry but also relieved.

“A the same time you have the rest of your life to punish her and you just want to hug her and just love her because you got her back and that’s what’s important.”

The family credits the Bryant police department for its work tracking Alexis down.

They received the report around 8a.m. and had her cab surrounded by Georgia state police before noon.

Little rock police say the cab driver didn’t break any laws because he doesn’t appear to have any ill intentions.

The Waller family is promising to push for law changes to force cab drivers to ask for identification — especially if they’re going to transport someone who may be a minor across state lines.

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