Apr 06, 2011 News
An 11-year-old boy from the village of Paradise, on the East Coast of Demerara, was arrested by police yesterday while pilfering from a Dazzell Housing Scheme house while the owners were at work.
The lad, who was described as a habitual housebreaker, was caught hiding in the living room of the property after it was surrounded by irate residents.
Residents of the Paradise area had been lamenting the wanton break-ins of their properties and they had enough reason to suspect that they were committed by a gang of young thieves.
A few weeks ago their suspicions were confirmed when police arrested the 11-year old and his eight-year-old brother, just as they were emerging from a shop they had broken into.
In their possession were housebreaking implements, including a claw bar and cutlass.
“Wha they would’a do with that cutlass if we de confront them?” one resident asked.
However, the lads were released into the custody of their mother who promised to “keep a close watch on them.”
But as the saying goes, old habits die hard, the lads with or without the knowledge of their mother continued to raid the homes of persons while they were at work.
This newspaper understands that around 14:30 hours, the 11-year old was seen entering the house in Dazelle Housing Scheme and residents were determined to ensure that there would be no denial of his activities.
The youth must have gotten the shock of his life when he realised that the residents had surrounded the house. Fearing for his life, he remained in the house and was grateful when the police turned up to take him away.
“If was a big man, de police would’a come and meet he dead,” another resident stated.
News of his arrest sent several persons to the station to report the break-in of their homes.
A police source said that the youth targets jewellery, cash, cellular phones and watches, which are reportedly sold at a cheap price to willing buyers.
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