NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Police in Detroit are talking about both the increase in carjackings and the ages of the criminals who are committing them.
A suspect group of three, aged 11, 12, and 14, was detained on Monday for allegedly robbing cars off the Jefferson North Lot. According to FOX 2 Detroit , the number of carjackings has increased by 40% since last year.
Lt. Clive Stewart of the Detroit Police Department told the television station that “they think it’s fun and there is no penalty to it.”
The Commercial Auto Theft Unit of the department is led by Stewart. He expressed shock at the three young people who were detained on Monday on the Jefferson North Plant’s storage lot.
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“Eleven is the youngest,” he continued, “doing this as long as I’ve been doing this.”
When the kids were stopped by police, they were allegedly attempting to steal Dodge Hellcat Chargers and Challengers, valued between $80,000 and $90,000.
In Stewart’s opinion, “I would imagine that somebody a little older got these kids out here and is giving commands.” Older offenders are aware that I can pull this off without actually possessing the item because I didn’t actually take the car.
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The accused are not just younger, but some of them are allegedly turning into repeat offenders.
A 14-year-old was detained this past weekend during a different incident. The anonymous suspect allegedly stole two cars on the city’s east side while he was on bail following a carjacking in May.
We are still dealing with the same kid here, a few months later, Stewart added.