Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Teenage Criminals in Fort Bend Show Rookie Mistake

If there was a legitimate high school internship through which students could learn how to rob a house effectively, I know there are at least two teenaged boys in Fort Bend who would have earned a failing grade. The young men, whose names are being withheld due to the fact that both are only sixteen, broke into a home yesterday using a large rock. They got scared when spotted by a neighbor and fled the scene. What’s the problem (well, besides the actual commission of a crime)? The boys left a backpack and cell phone behind.

The police have not revealed if there was any identifying information in the backpack, but it turns out that such helpful details were not needed. The boys called police a short time after running away to report a missing backpack and cell phone. Obviously, the investigators realized that they were dealing with more than a coincidence. And, they probably also figured that they were not going to be confronting professionals in the burglary business.

Chief Deputy Craig Brady said it best with his comment that, "The one who called and reported his backpack stolen but knew it was in that house, probably isn't the most intelligent juvenile in the area. He didn't show very good judgment."

It is almost comforting to read a story about teenagers who are obviously such novice criminals, since the news seems to introduce us to young people who are already too familiar with making poor decisions (some of whom I have written about on this blog). These boys have been released to the custody of their parents and are now waiting for the next steps by the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office. I hope they both accept the consequences of their actions and then decide to stay on the right side of the law in the future.

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