"My father took my property, which is an $800 phone that doesn't belong to him. He didn't buy it,” the 16-year-old told 911.
Officers with the South Euclid Police Department responded to the scene at the home in a moment caught on camera.
“I took her phone from her because she's a juvenile. I don't want her to have it,” dad Anthony Robertson told police. “I can't inspect it because the phone is locked, so I took it away.”
Police sided with the dad, and told her “having a cellphone under the age of 18 is a ‘privilege’ and not a ‘right’ as she believes.” They also told her to “follow the rules her father set, if she hoped to get the phone returned.”
The father had said that unless his daughter’s attitude changed, he would not give the phone back to her.
Police did not pursue the case after siding with the dad.
"Our department would not pursue this type of 'theft’. You'd be hard-pressed to find a court in this country who would take the case,” said Lt. James Wilson of the South Euclid Police Department said in a statement.