Pre-teens arrested for burglary

Published 10:14 pm Friday, June 11, 2010

Three boys, none older than 14, have been arrested and charged with burglary following an incident at a local thrift store on Thursday.

Police were notified at about 10 p.m. of a possible burglary at Bargain Hunters Thrift Store, located on S. Main Street, according to Suffolk spokesperson Debbie George. When they arrived, they found that the glass on the front door had been broken.

An investigation, George said in a press release, led police to identify and apprehend three boys, ages 11, 12 and 14. Police recovered a gaming system, video games and jewelry that had been stolen in the burglary, George stated.

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Owner Greg Johnson said this is the third burglary in the four months the store has been open, not counting unsuccessful attempts to enter the store. He said he found the age of the suspects “disturbing,” but added he does not want to move his store.

“If we pull out of here, we take three jobs with us,” Johnson said. “[It] isn’t much, but it’s a lot if it’s your job.”

Johnson said police found a flashlight, still on, behind the counter in the store during their investigation. He says he was told a citizen who saw the children breaking into the store made the call to police from a restaurant down the street.

Each of the juveniles was charged with one count of burglary, one count of grand larceny, one count of conspiracy to commit burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools.

The boys were taken to Tidewater Detention Home.