3 children under 10 years old face burglary charges - WSMV Channel 4

3 children under 10 years old face burglary charges

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COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Three youngsters under the age of 10 are facing serious charges in Putnam County.

Two boys, ages 7 and 8, along with an 8-year-old girl, are suspected of burglary in Cookeville, after they allegedly broke into a storage shed on two different occasions and destroyed items stored inside.

The property owner caught them in the act during the second incident, and now they must face the grown-up consequences.

The victim's neighbor, Raymond Fox, said one of the children recently came accompanied by his father to apologize to Fox's neighbor on 12th Street.

"He seemed to be very concerned. They did wrong," Fox said.

The police report in the alleged burglaries would be almost comical if the crime wasn't so serious.

The report lists the occupation of the offender as "student" and describes him as all of only 3'5" tall.

Investigators said the kids broke the latch of into the shed and destroyed several antique items inside.

Fox said the child told him Friday he didn't think the shed, which sits behind his neighbor's home, belonged to anyone, so it was fair game.

"One of the little guys said, 'we're not hurting anything. It doesn't belong to anybody,'" Fox said.

The property owner was not home when our news crew stopped by, but according to the police report, she said she would rather have the children help her repair the damage to the shed and fix the lock rather than prosecute.

The victim also told police rather than prosecute, she would like the juveniles to attend a church service.

Fox said the times have changed, but the lessons are the same. When you are caught doing a crime, there are consequences even if you may be too young to fully understand.

"The way the little fellow looked, he seemed to learn his lesson," Fox said.

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