Two parents have turned their sons over to the police after recognizing them in a surveillance video of an electronics store burglary showing a group of five teenagers stealing cell phones and laptops.
The parents — whose names have not been released — took their 14- and 16-year-old sons to the police station in Fayetteville, North Carolina, after seeing a news broadcast that showed the crime. The clip showed a group of five boys in hoodies robbing an independent store called Tech Boyz at 3:30 am on December 29.
The parents thought that their boys were spending the night with an older sibling, but learned what they were actually up to when they saw the surveillance video, shown by ABC11.
The five unidentified teenagers were filmed by as many as nine different surveillance cameras walking amid piles of laptops and smartphones stacked on the store’s shelves. Most of these devices had been brought in by customers to be repaired.
The parents were at church when the video was first shown, but had recorded ABC11’s news and watched it later on the next day. After being taken to the Fayetteville police station, their sons were charged with breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods.(Scroll down for the video.)
1. The parents recognized their own sons in footage of five boys robbing an electronics store in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
2. The 14- and 16-year old were supposed to be staying with an older sibling the night of the crime. It is not clear which they are in the footage.
3. The youths were caught by as many as nine cameras, both outside the store and inside.
4. The boys have been charged with larceny, breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.
Because of their ages, the teens are to go to a juvenile court. They claimed that the burglary was not their idea, according to police, but they went along with it anyway due to peer pressure.
Jesse Hill, who co-owns Tech Boyz, told ABC11:
To the [parents] who turned them in, thank you. I’m hating that it’s your kids, but thank you for doing the right thing.
Another teen, aged 17, was also arrested and police say that they are closed to identifying the other two burglars captured on the surveillance video.
5. Police also arrested a 17-year-old, and say they are on the cusp of finding the other two suspects.
6. The store targeted was Tech Boyz in Fayetteville, from which laptops and cell phones were taken — some of which had been brought in by customers for repair.
7. Jesse Hill thanked the parents for turning their sons in.
And here is the video report:
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