The kid might end up in jail
for going to the victim store and confessing.
( Its not like ly to go all the way, but even so; the father shud be loyal to his son. )
Agree. It's very unlikely to go this way, but I would surely consider the possibility, at least if I hadn't made contact with the store manager first. I think it would be impossible to get a conviction against an adult with nothing except an unsworn, voluntary statement, but different standards seem to apply to juveniles.
Anyway, as Michael Corlone famously said, "Never take sides with anyone against the family. Not ever."