INDIANAPOLIS, Ind- The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a home burglary where two boys, ages 8 and 11, are suspected in the crime.
A homeowner in the 9500 block of Pepperidge Drive told IMPD he left his home for a few hours Sunday afternoon. When he returned to the house around 5:30 p.m., he found eggs and dog food thrown all over his kitchen. Some items and the homeowner’s cat were missing from the home. He told police he believes two juveniles, 8 and 11 years old, were responsible. The detective assigned to the case is working to investigate the homeowner’s claims.
“It really concerns me, our children,” said Reverend Malachi Walker. “And it concerns me that parents are unaware where the children are.”
Reverend Walker runs the youth outreach program Young Men, Inc. and is accustomed to working with juveniles who have been in trouble in the past. But even he was shocked to hear that an 8-year-old boy may have been involved with a home burglary. Not only because of the crime itself, but also the potential danger both children put themselves in.
“You never know what will happen when somebody breaks into a house,” Walker said. “Homeowner just shoots right through the door, and the next thing you know whoever is on the other side of that door ends up getting killed.”
“Breaking into someone’s home is breaking that sacred trust, and it could end in deadly consequences,” said Sgt. Kendale Adams.
David Tookes, who lives a few doors down from the burglary, says it’s just the latest case involving groups of unsupervised juveniles casting trouble on this street. Other neighbors have reported vandalism to vehicles and property in recent weeks.
“We would like to just walk around on the streets, but there are a lot of unsupervised older kids that are cursing, that are doing things that I wouldn’t want my child to be doing, definitely,” Tookes said.
The burglary follows other recent cases involving young suspected criminals. Beech Grove Police recently arrested a 13-year-old boy suspected in the armed carjacking of a mother as she held her 1-year-old child in her arms. A Chinese food delivery driver recently told police a 7-year-old boy was among three suspects who robbed him at gunpoint on the northwest side of Indianapolis.
Adams said the case points out the need for programs that offer positive activities for young people around Indianapolis. He pointed out the city’s newly announced Summer Jobs Program as options for parents to look into.
Reverend Walker said the Young Men, Inc. Summer Youth Empowerment Camp is set to start up again next week. About 100 young men and boys are already signed up to participate, but there is still space available.
He also said there are many different programs offered throughout the year, but it’s up to parents and guardians to seek them out and sign their kids up.