Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 9, 2012

10, 11 year-olds tied to thefts from vehicles

CROSSVILLE — A 10-year-old and two 11-year-old — described as brother, sister and friend — have been cited into Juvenile Court for stealing vehicle emblems and other items from cars at a Crossville apartment complex. A third juvenile may have also been involved.

Crossville Police were called to Charleston Plantation off N. Main St. around 10 p.m. last Sunday and met with two residents who had noticed their Honda hood emblems missing from their vehicles, and had observed two children hanging around the area late at night, according to Ptl. Jonathan O'Neal's report.

Police contacted the juveniles and their mother and the children, at first, denied any involvement in the thefts. After a short time, they admitted they had been involved in the thefts and that they had the emblems in a book bag.

The third juvenile was found and was brought to the scene by his father. At first, the youngster denied knowledge of the thefts, but later admitted to his role of "popping" the emblems off vehicles.

Police received a surprise, however, when they opened the book bag. Instead of two Honda emblems, they discovered multiple emblems.

The majority of the emblems recovered were returned to the owners, but police still have several emblems because they were unable to locate the vehicle owners.

Victims did not want to prosecute the trio, but police obtained juvenile petitions to put the issue in Juvenile Court.

Value of the emblems ranged from $100 to $200 each.

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