My 17 year old step son continues to steal from me in addition to being arrested and charged for drugs, alcohol,and sexual assault . His father has taken away his cell phone and his x-box for extended periods of time but this seems to have no impact. Once again he has stolen from me - he took my car keys while I was sitting right there in the room, unlocked my car and took a pack of cigarettes. He of course denied the theft. I am wanting to take his dog away - I have a very loving home for her. His father says that it is cruel punishment and I should consider taking his x-box and selling it instead. This child was welcomed into my home almost 2 years ago when his mother basically abandoned him.....and I want him to know that he can not continue to treat me in this manner. I do not believe this punishment is excessive and would appreciate any comments.