Many officials have said the increase in break-ins and robberies is partly due to the failing economy, but how would the economy effect someone who is 15?
The Sharp County area has experienced several break-ins in the past few months, some of them have been solved and some are still open cases. On March 16 a boy was apprehended and connected to several of the open cases.
According to the affidavit for arrest, 9-1-1 dispatch received an alarm activation call at From the Beginning Day Care, located on Nix Ridge Road. As Sharp County Deputy Jeff Adams approached he saw a dark colored blazer leaving.
Adams began a high speed pursuit of the vehicle. He lost sight temporarily, before finding it wrecked on Alcana Drive. The report stated that after fleeing the suspect walked back up and made contact with Adams.
The boy was identified as a 15-year-old juvenile from Cherokee Village. According to the report, contact was made with the boy's father, who responded to the Sharp County Sheriff's Office.
The boy agreed to speak with Adams as long as his father was not present, which was agreed to. The report stated that the boy told Adams that two other boys stole the blazer in which he was driving and came to pick him up.
He then told Adams, according to the report, that the boys had gone to Walmart and stole a BB gun while he remained in the vehicle. After leaving Walmart they went to the Ash Flat park to get high.
According to the report, the boy told Adams that he and the other two boys damaged a fence at the park then went to the daycare (From the Beginning), breaking a window to gain entry. The boy identified his alleged accomplices at that time.
Later in the morning, Sharp County Detectives Mark Counts and Ken Guidry requested an additional interview with the minor. According to the report, the boy gave very detailed information about several other burglaries that had been committed recently in Ash Flat, Highland and Cherokee Village.
He also told the detectives that he had recently seen some of the stolen property from these burglaries at the residence of the other boys he claimed were involved. Based on this information, the report stated, a search warrant was prepared for the residence, of the boys accused.
After nothing was found at the residence, Cherokee Village Detective Shane Hightower, Ash Flat Chief of Police Anthony Wiles and detectives Counts and Guidry went to the residence of the juvenile suspect. The officers met with the boy's mother and the boy agreed to talk with them again requesting his mother not be present, which was denied.
According to the report, the boy stuck to his original story at first, until confronted with video evidence that he was the only one going into Walmart that morning. The boy then admitted that he was the only one involved.
He told the officers that he had taken the Blazer from his neighbor's residence and went to Walmart. While at Walmart he stole a BB gun and some sun glasses. According to the report he then said he went to the ball park and damaged the fence while "cutting doughnuts."
He also admitted to breaking the glass at the day care (From the Beginning) and taking a digital camera. He said he ran from Adams and wrecked the Blazer because he was going too fast to make the turn.
According to the report, the boy disclosed additional information that could have only been known by someone who was present. He finally admitted to breaking into Dillard Fowlkes and taking a lap top computer, a printer, a cell phone and some keys.
He also admitted to throwing a rock and breaking the glass at the Sportsman's Edge, but said he did not gain entry. According to the report, the boy also broke into the hospital building in Cherokee Village taking a box with syringes and glass bottles, later burning the items.
Several months ago, a church was broken into. The fire extinguishers were discharged causing several hundreds of dollars worth of damage. The church also had some electronic equipment stolen. The boy admitted to that as well.
The report stated he also admitted to breaking into the residence of two elderly ladies and stealing their purses. After admitting to his crimes, he led the officers to the basement where they recovered some of the stolen property.
According to the report, the juvenile boy will be charged with four counts of commercial burglary, auto theft, one count of residential burglary and a count of attempted commercial burglary. The estimated amount of property stolen is $2,650 and the estimated property damage to all of the businesses is $18,000.