The Chechen mother of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was reportedly arrested last year for stealing over $1,600 worth of goods from upscale department store Lord & Taylor.
Zubeidat K. Tsarnaeva, 45, was charged with larceny and two counts of malicious/wanton damage and defacement of property in the June 2012 incident at a Natick, Mass., Lord & Taylor. The story was reported on Patch.com on June 14, 2012.
Her son Tamerlan, 26, died in a shootout last night with police in Watertown, Mass. Her other son, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is still on the loose. The Boston area has been in lockdown since Friday morning as a large-scale manhunt is underway. Police say Dzhokhar could be carrying more explosives.
The brothers were caught on tape by a security camera at a different Lord & Taylor store on the day of Boston Marathon.
The police began searching for the brothers after they attempted to rob a convenience store in order to get funds to leave town. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer, Sean Collier was killed in the shootout. The suspects allegedly hurled explosives at police when confronted.
The boys’ uncle Ruslan Tsarni told WBZ he was shocked and disavowed their behavior.
“I just wish they never existed,” said uncle Ruslan Tsarni in an interview with Boston’s CBS affiliate, WBZ. “I’m wordless. I’m wordless. I am wordless. Shocked.”
Tsarni, the brother of the suspects’ father, claims he never knew the boys harbored any resentment towards the U.S.
Their family has all but disowned them. “The people who did this, they do not deserve to even exist on this earth,” Tsarni said. “They do not deserve to exist on this earth.”