Police are investigating a trio of recent crimes in southwest Atlanta allegedly involving young offenders, some only 8 years old.
“While we often deal with juvenile crime, it is rare for someone as young as 8 years old to be involved in criminal activity," APD spokesman Carlos Campos said Wednesday in a statement.
"To see juveniles this young involved in criminal activity is certainly alarming. But we do not consider this a growing trend at this time; these appear to be out of the ordinary,"
According to authorities, a resident said he returned to his Starmist Drive home on June 19 to find an 8-year-old and a 10-year-old trying to steal a television.
The juveniles said the residence already had been broken into and they found the door open and took things -- three TVs, a bed, a dresser, a coffee table and bags of clothes -- which they agreed to return.
During the investigation, they pointed out three more suspects -- 13, 15 and 16 -- who they said were involved in the initial break-in. Officers detained all the suspects, and they were charged with burglary.