BOYS ARRESTED IN THEFTS HERE
Police Are Kept Busy In Cleaning Up Juvenile Crime Work
A series of petty thefts and minor crimes committed by boys have kept the detectives and plainclothesmen of the police force on their toes since the first of July.
In most instances the youthful offenders, whose ages range from eight to 12 years, have been apprehended. But some are still being sought by police. The most recent job was brought to a speedy end yesterday when officers caught three boys stealing inner tubes from Jo Hall's service station at North Sixth and Toole Avenues.
On four different occasions in the last few days, pairs of boys have snatched purses from women at night on streets in the business section. In each case the officers were able to apprehend the boys. In each instance the victims gave the police minute descriptions of the boys which aided in their capture.
One group of boys were caught stealing storage batteries from cars in parking lots and in garages. They had been selling the batteries for scrap metal.
Car is Robbed
Last week three boys stole approximately $70 worth of merchandise from a car in a parking lot. They were found the next day selling some of their loot on the street. Only part of it was recovered.
Officers succeeded in breaking up an organized gang of boy thieves, and they learned that in order to become a member of the gang the boys, among other things, had to prove their cleverness by stealing a certain number of radiator caps and gearshift knobs. Police also apprehended a 12 year-old boy who had burglarized a grocery store on North Main street.
Sent to Fort
In most instances these boys were sentenced to the State Industrial school at Fort Grant. Others were sent to relatives in various cities in order to break up their relationships with their partners in crime. Some of the cases are still in the hands of juvenile authorities.
The officers pointed out that in many cases the boys who were implicated in these crimes had previous records, and some had been to Fort Grant several times. They said that in many cases the parents of the boys were indirectly responsible for the boys' misdeeds. Most of these crimes, police said, occurred after 9 o'clock at night. They were of the opinion that if parents kept their children in their homes after this hour much of this trouble would be eliminated.
The officers commended one parent who laid off work to capture his son and turned him over to them.