INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indianapolis police say their main suspects in a burglary are two young boys.
The break-in happened at a home near Lawrence Sunday evening.
Police believe they know the boys, ages 8 and 11, suspected in this case, but officials are not releasing names.
“That’s not something you would expect ever,” David Napier, who lives nearby, said of the burglary.
Napier couldn’t believe a house down his street was burglarized.
“I mean, it’s not really the typical idea of what happens in the neighborhood,” he said.
IMPD reports the homeowner, Bobby King, told them his kitchen was ransacked and items were stolen.
But it’s the ages of the suspects that really shocks this neighbor.
“Being so young and doing something you shouldn’t be doing, it makes you wonder like, is anyone watching them?” Napier said.
That was the first thought for Rev. Malachi Walker, the director of Young Men, Inc.
“This sends out a strong and urgent message to the parents to please know the whereabouts of your children and know what they’re involved in,” Walker said.
He also the severity of the crimes.
“Breaking and entry and robbery, those are felonies and you have an 8-year-old and 11-year-old to commit one of these crimes is just heartbreaking,” he said.
Walker said crime among kids is a major issue.
And he believes that programs like his, Young Men, Inc. Youth Ministry, are important in getting kids back on the right path.
“We all have to just get in the lives of children and give them a positive outlook so that they can reach their visions and aspirations in life,” Walker said.
He wants to make sure kids are given learning opportunities to grow from mistakes and learn how to have a positive impact on the community.
“I just urge parents to please get your children involved in something positive throughout the summer,” he said.
The YMI Summer Empowerment Camp starts next week.
There are several resources for parents looking for camps and activities for kids this summer.