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Two juveniles admit to vehicle break-ins

Friday, February 1, 2008

On Friday the Brazil City Police Department released information to The Brazil Times about a rash of vehicles broken into Tuesday morning.

According to Police Chief Terry Harrison, shortly before 5 a.m., Tuesday, Patrolman Jeff Bucklin, II was investigating a report by a Brazil resident who said someone left the doors of their vehicle open when he caught two juveniles crawling out of a vehicle located on Illinois St.

A 16-year-old female and a 15-year-old male were immediately detained.

Only 10-15 residents reported their vehicles tampered with, but, upon questioning with their parents present, the two juveniles voluntarily admitted to authorities they had gotten into 20-40 vehicles before being caught.

"They said they were bored," Harrison said about the reason the juveniles gave for their criminal activity. "They were just taking anything they could get their hands on for quick cash."

The two juveniles appeared before Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout on multiple counts of theft and criminal mischief. Trout ordered the juveniles to be detained at an undisclosed state juvenile detention facility until a hearing could be scheduled on the court calendar next week.

Det. Clint McQueen said the case would remain open in case other victims need to make reports.

"People might not realize things are missing from their vehicle for a few days," McQueen said. "Even though a few days have passed, I urge people who think they may have been a victim to contact the police department and make a report."

Although curfew violations are down because officers are detaining, citing and returning juveniles caught out after curfew to their parents, Harrison admits it is an ongoing problem.

"A juvenile just shouldn't be out that late. It is distressing for officers to deal with situations where there is a lack of parental guidance or the parents just don't care," Police Chief Terry Harrison said about teenagers reportedly roaming around the city in the early hours of the morning. "People need to realize that enforcing the curfew cuts back on illegal activity and protects the safety of the juvenile and residents."

Indiana Code 31-37-3-2 states that a law enforcement officer can write a citation and/or place in custody a minor child without a legal guardian present who is:

* 15 or younger in a public place after 11 p.m. any day of the week,

* 16 or 17 in a public place after 11 p.m. Sunday through Friday, and

* 16 or 17 in a public place after 1 a.m., Saturday and Sunday.

The code states the only legal defense for a minor to be out beyond designated curfew is if they are participating in, going to or returning from gainful employment, attending a school-sanctioned event, a religious or nonprofit event, or involved in an emergency situation.

If a juvenile continues to be caught in violation of the curfew law, Harrison said officers could present a report to the Clay County Juvenile Probation Department for review and potential charges in the family/juvenile division of Clay Circuit Court.

"I encourage residents who see juveniles out after curfew to report it to the department," Harrison said. "We will enforce the curfew even if some people don't like it."

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why should the citizens have to make calls in when the police drive right by all the juveniles hanging out in the kroger parking lot WAY past the so called curfews? sounds good on paper but how about enforcing your own laws!!!!

-- Posted by shanbilly on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 9:33 PM

"how about enforcing your own laws"

Then they get accused of heavy handed tactics...it is lose lose situation for the police. If they get on the kids, the parents complain. If the kids do something, and law enforcement gets involved, the parents are up in arms and the public complains because law enforcement didn't do anything to stop it before hand. I raise my kids, I don't pretend to think for one moment they are perfect...far from it...but I know what they do and where they are!!!

-- Posted by RickS on Fri, Feb 1, 2008, at 10:53 PM

Police in Brazil are the greatest and do the greatest job. It takes a whole community to battle these type of problems. Call the police when you see something going on, don't ignore it. Police can't be everywhere at one time, they only have two eyes, but if citizens get involved that creates several eyes. As a citizen I want to be a helping hand.

-- Posted by OntheRight08 on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 2:18 AM

Young people do hang out and in the Kroger parking lot but as I haved stopped and talked to them about a daughter that I could not locate they were VERY POLITE and Helpful.

I and my boyfreind hung out at The Blue Ribbon and the Pole drive in in INDY that did not make us bad just NOT BORED .The kids need places to go and volunteer adults to help. When I raised my four kids ther was free Karate lessons ect. that adualts offered to kids and I as a mom helped with them

There was YOUTH AGAINST DRUGS CLUB the Mayor ,police Chief and parents helped with

but was ran by the kids.(Monticello, IN.)

We as a coummity need to help our police , they are trying to clean up a mess we helped make! Enforce the curfew parents as your parents did for you BECAUSE THEY LOVED YOU and LOVE CAN BE TOUGH.


-- Posted by WWJDPeople on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 8:58 AM

99% of the kids in the Kroger parking lot are just fine. At least they are out in the open where police can see and know where they are at. The kids we have to worry about are the ones that police can't keep an eye on. I forsee a lot of trouble this summer, if you've noticed there are a ton of juveniles walking the street.

-- Posted by OntheRight08 on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 2:24 PM

I think it would be helpful if we had more places to hang out. But every cool place there was gets closed down, because of drug deals and what not going on. I think we need to come up with a huge arcade, that has maybe a basketball quart and volleyball in it, something were law enforcement is around the clock there during business hours. Then we wouldn't haft to worry about it being closed for theft or anything like that, But it would be a healthy alternative to kids out on the streets stealing, stabbing, or burning down houses. There are many places that were closed because there simply wasnt enough supervison, there was G2, the Old Jr. High aka funnight ( by the way wasnt fun not enough people knows about it). Also Mr. Murphys was a good place for kids to hang out but there was to many kids that were just going for trouble and cops were called almost every night for fights and what not. Anyways my point is we need more fun in this town. If you dont want your kids to get in so much trouble do something about it. Start a fundraiser or something, or stop complaining.

-- Posted by NorthviewGirl on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 5:51 PM

Ya know its really funny everyone wants to gripe about the police and say oh they arent doing their job and blah blah blah......im sick of it. Everytime you need them they are there!! Just because parents cant control their kids doesnt mean its the police officers job to babysit! And kids are crying out oh we need a place to hang out, there is a YMCA. Go there.

-- Posted by piper08 on Sat, Feb 2, 2008, at 9:28 PM

So this is the fault of the community and not the kids or their parents?? WOW

-- Posted by madmom61 on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 10:21 AM

Well, unfortunately, the reason these "good" places get shut down is because of those kids who don't appreciate the effort adults put out there to keep them from being 'bored'.

As for vandalism because of boredom? GROW UP! If your parents taught you to take or destroy something that doesn't belong to you just because you "can" .. SHAME ON THEM, but I seriously doubt they did. YOU are responsible for your own actions, but what a great society we have that has told you "life is fair".

I would love to have something in town where the kids could go, but the cost of insurance, 'bouncers' and law enforcement would be astronomical. There's no money in it. If you can't make money at it, it isn't worth the time.

NORTHVIEWGIRL? Your comment: If you dont want your kids to get in so much trouble do something about it.

Why not take your own advice? Volunteer, assist the elderly, help other "good kids" in the community keep the rest of us from believing the majority of you are whiney, lazy, unmotivated, self-centered, without direction and looking only for instant gratification.

Welcome to the world of being grown-up, honey. Reality is working for a living, working for what you have .. you appreciate it more.

You know what I do when I get bored? I go for a walk, read a book, go to the YMCA, cook, go shopping (you don't have to BUY anything), go to the "Puppy Store" (PetCo)and look at the animals, volunteer my time. Try it sometime.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 11:15 AM

One more suggestion for boredom .. attend night classes in remedial English. You'll need it to make it through college. Good Luck.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 11:19 AM

I am with most people of this town, the kids do need positive things to keep them busy. I feel hanging out at krogers lot as it is called. At least the kids are in a open area, no matter which section of the lot they are hanging out at. Maybe if the officers stopped by a talk to them like when i was a kid, Let the kids now as long as they cause no problems. That there will be no trouble or problem with them hanging out. If there is trouble punish the ones that caused the problems. Not the ones thats not causing trouble.

It was mentioned go to the ymca well for a lot of families they dont have the money for the membership fees. ( I cant afford them) And I know there is a lot of families that cant afford the membership fees at the YMCA. And there kids would love to be able to go to the Y. that cant pay.

Just like a lot of kids would like to join a school sport or sat. morning bowling but parents cant afford it. just like when i was in school I was in band, didnt cost my parents nothing but for the insturment we played Now it cost a arm and a leg just to pay yearly fees for being in band PLUS the cost of the instument. i hear football, basketball baseball ect. cost yearly to be involved. A lot of families cant afford it.

So the kids that has the ability for that sport cant do.

Oh there is the bowling alley but it not like it was when i went the while in school. Now if u are not paying to bowl or play pool You cant hang around You have to leave when you are done with bowling or playing pool. You cant hang around and talk to your friends.

So back to square one WHAT IS THERE FOR KIDS TO DO.

Brazil needs to get a group to get sponsers, and fundraiser, on a ongoing bases, to help the kids out so they could get involved in sports or a membership to the Y. Or help on getting that skate boarding park i once heard about. Not just for the kids now but in the future. I would be one of the parents to get involved in this but have now clue on how to get it started and cont. it.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Mon, Feb 4, 2008, at 11:00 PM

Pepsilady.....Apparently you aren't aware that scholarships are available for children whose families cannot afford membership at the local YMCA. Also, blaming the problems of wayward youths on a lack of money is pure hogwash! I didn't have money to go to the Y, movies, bowling, band, sports, pool, etc. but I managed to stay out of trouble. My parents worked hard to pay for our daily needs. I did't have cable/satellite television or electronics either. Plus, I was a "latchkey" kid and home alone while my parents held down jobs. I stayed out of trouble for one reason......that was the way I was raised!!! So, blame the community all you want for the problems of "bored" youth, but the bottom line is the community can only do so much and the rest is up to the parents.

-- Posted by Bigpappy on Tue, Feb 5, 2008, at 10:59 AM

Runningonempty... Couldn't agree more. Lack of money is a crutch. The bottom line is to live like you want others to live and Stay out of trouble.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Feb 7, 2008, at 8:21 AM

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