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Gang of kids suspected of Uppsala burglary wave

The Local · 9 Mar 2012, 09:05

Published: 09 Mar 2012 09:05 GMT+01:00

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“We were truly surprised to find out that it was boys of such a young age involved in these crimes. We’ve never seen offenders this young in these types of offences,” said Conny Kjellberg of the Uppsala Police to the local Upsala Nya Tidning.

The gang, which has been operating in southern Uppsala, has been responsible for at least three robberies during December and January.

The members of the gang include an 11-year-old, two 13-year olds, and one 14-year-old, according to police.

The officers told the paper that suspects of this age are too young to charge, however all four boys have been questioned, together with four other people in connection with the crimes.

The young boys have been operating mainly during the night, and reportedly knocked on the front doors of houses where the lights were off.

In the cases where no-one answered the door, other boys smashed through the back windows of the houses.

After breaking in, the gang allegedly concentrated primarily on stealing electrical appliances, according to the paper.

Prosecutor Liselott Herschend claimed all five boys have either admitted partially or fully to the crimes.

A 25-year-old man has also been arrested on the suspicion of receiving stolen goods.

While police are unable to arrest the boys, social authorities have been called in to help.

The trial against the underaged miscreants is set to begin on Monday.

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10:11 March 9, 2012 by occassional
All local cherub faces from Knivsta I imagine. Or maybe not.
10:33 March 9, 2012 by Abe L
The police is surprised? Really?!

They use minors because they fall in a different legal category and will practically get away with just about anything.

You solve this by removing that category entirely and simply stick these criminals in jail for a few years. It's the only way they will learn and it's the only way you scare them off going down this path in the first place. Knowing in advance that you will just be reprimanded for just about anything you do as a minor doesn't hold them back in any way.
10:43 March 9, 2012 by CJ from Sunshine Desserts
Did my first break-in when I was 9 at home in Glasgow year 1971 ...this is nothing folks !
11:22 March 9, 2012 by Shibumi
Yes... because being "in jail for a few years" has proven so very effective at turning kids around and setting them on the right path...
12:02 March 9, 2012 by Abe L
And not being in jail has caused even younger children to enter crime. Or any of the alternative methods have had any effect?

Best case they commit some additional crimes while in prison and you keep them in there indefinitely. At least people in prison do not harm regular citizens.
12:03 March 9, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
@ Abe L

Jail time for the 25 year old if he helped to run the gang, but in my opinion the appropriate punishment for the 11 to 14 year olds is community service. They should be made to clean up city parks, city toilets, etc... every day for at least a month, and pay for the broken windows and any stolen goods that were damaged or lost. They will never forget this.

Of course in Sweden the concept of 'community service' is probably deemed a gross and horrific violation of human rights, worse than water boarding, and so these 11 to 14 year olds will probably released to do whatever they want until they are 21.

Sweden, the land of rights without responsibilities.
12:05 March 9, 2012 by Dr. Dillner
Here's a modest proposal: relieve the little boys of their testicles.
12:15 March 9, 2012 by Localer
typical immigrant area kids, what do you expect ?
12:36 March 9, 2012 by phil23456
What do you expect when left wing idiots remove all traditions such as respect for elders and discipline in schools. Even in England 20% of kids leave school illiterate & private schools are now creating there own curriculum
13:06 March 9, 2012 by GLO
Wow, no problem stealing?
13:36 March 9, 2012 by godnatt
Higher welfare payments for their parents and deep reflection on the part of the Swedish people on their failure to be nice enough is the only solution obviously.
14:45 March 9, 2012 by Grokh
step one beat the crap out of them step too peace.
16:33 March 9, 2012 by ajs42548
It's ironic. Here in the states we had laws that prevented drug dealers and criminals under 16 from going to jail . As a result we made kids criminals and drug dealers.
17:53 March 9, 2012 by Rod Munch
But wait! They told us that the 2nd and 3rd generation MENA immigrants would grow up fully integrated and practically be just like Swedes! This story can't be true.
22:52 March 9, 2012 by ctinej
The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree. You import crooked Immigrants,.... they will raise their children the same way. The Parents are the PRIMARY source of education and morals (or lack of in this case)

The solution is deportation of the whole family. The message: If you come to Sweden, yet continue to live and pass on your crooked morals, then you get deported. If you raise criminals, then we dont want you or your little criminals in Sweden.
02:23 March 12, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
Why are the cops surprised?? Middle-Eastern & African immigrant kids are just a bunch of thugs like their parents. Deport them all and stop this "multi-culturalism" non-sense!!
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