This can be impossible to deal with unless the real original root cause is dealt with first and/or the situational triggers are dealt with first. In adults more often than not this is a symptom of the following: debts, drug, gambling or alcohol addiction. In children it can often be due to: jealousy, lack of peer positions e.g. designer trainers, designer clothes, makeup, phones etc. Additionally someone who steals may have entered a negative relationship where they felt they needed to steal to supply the other with money. Finally, low self-esteem is often a component cause of stealing.