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13-year-old phone-snatch suspects couldn't out-pedal police on Summer Street

Boston Police report arresting a pair of pubescent alleged phone thieves they say tried to out-pedal officers and when that failed, head butt their way out of capture.

Police say the two bicycled up to a man walking on Summer Street near the bridge over Fort Point Channel shortly before 6 p.m., grabbed his phone out of his hands and then sped off towards the convention center.

An officer on patrol in the area of A Street and Melcher Street observed two individuals matching the suspects’ descriptions riding bikes. When the suspects saw the officer they immediately split up and rode faster away from the police. After a short pursuit of each suspect, officers were able to stop and apprehend the two males. During their apprehension, one of the males attempted to headbutt one of the officers who was able to block him from doing so. The officer then removed a cell phone of the same make and model that was stolen from the victim from that male’s front pocket. Once turned on, the victim’s name appeared on the phone. The suspect then told officers that he was going to come back and blow up the police station.

The two barely-teens, one from Brighton and one from Dorchester, were released to their parents after being booked on charges of delinquency for unarmed robbery, police say.

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Hopefully there parents give them a good talking too and explain thats negative behavior!!! They need to find some better hobby's maybe they should try video games!!!!

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lol

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After all, keep in mind that- according to the Globe today- officials are currently preparing a wrist-slap, "talking-to"-style "intervention" for the 14 young Dump disciples from Arlington accused of spray-painting swastikas and anti-gay shit on the high school. A "prank gone awry", is what they're now calling it. Which I take to mean that none of those rich kids (some of whom might be as old as 18 for all I know) will ever suffer a meaningful encounter with the juvenile justice system. Nor, I wager, will their parents ever have to answer to DCF for this situation. "Good kids, bad day"- right? So please enjoy my triple lol on that one.

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Not sure why they would get involved.

One is a property crime, the other is a larceny. The motives are probably different.

That wasn't what I was loling about though. I was laughing at how someone thought these kids parents have any effect on them at this point.

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Whataboutism

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I mean they're children so what's the call? Could be a real turning point in their lives. Obviously they need some help to see that stealing is wrong. What program would the DA refer them to?

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lol

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if you were DA, Pete Nice?

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many youngsters under the age of 18 are already on their 5th-15th felony arrest/conviction. Either way I'm pretty sure these kids know stealing is wrong.

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This is why MA's 'toughest laws in the nation TM' don't work. The people which should be most affected by them don't care and think they are a joke. Something creative needs to be done with the justice system to influence offenders in an effective manner since the current system don't deter reoffense. Rather than more laws we need better ones and a better system with an ability to reach those which currently don't give a shit.

How one does that? No ficken clue.

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It sounds like the adults in their life have not been able to get it through their heads already. Time to go to a Plan B before they never learn.

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The stealing is bad.. but I’m really concerned about the threatening to blow up a police station aspect.

So hopefully the new DA would be tough on these soon to be sociopaths. Not gonna hug your way out of everything buddy.

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Make them stand on the bridge for 12 hours holding huge signs that say "I got caught stealing someone's cell phone". They will remember that feeling of embarrassment for awhile.

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I would only add that they should simultaneously be made to shout "I physically assaulted a cop and threatened terrorist acts on a public building!" over a loudspeaker as well.

Stealing is stealing, kids do it for cheap thrills. I never knew anyone growing up, even in high school or college, that tried to head butt a cop or threatened to blow up the cop shop to their face. I would go out on a limb and say this kid is tapped! We'll see him again, no doubt.

♪If yer under eighteen you won't be doin any ty-ee-ime! ♪
Come out and play.....

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lol Obviously these kids know that stealing is wrong. What they need to learn, however, is that the consequences of doing something like stealing make it not worth it. But instead, our lax criminal justice system will probably teach them that nothing happens when you commit a (relatively) minor crime.

I am afraid of speeding not because it is dangerous, but because I am afraid of the consequences if caught. If the speeding tickets were $20 and didn't affect my insurance, I would be going 100 down 93 whenever traffic allowed.

We need a way to punish young miscreants fairly severely so they become afraid of consequences, yet we don't screw up their prospects of getting a job in the future - because the ultimate goal should obviously be to guide them into becoming productive members of society. That worked on me when I was a young miscreant myself.

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Sad how younger the criminals are getting and also so disrespectful to authority figures.

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They have been this way for about 100 years or more - think about the juvenile justice system and why it was formed in the first place.

They are not getting younger than back in the peak baby boom mayhem crime wave era of the 60s to the 80s. They are not getting more brash, either. Growing up in a trailer court I saw plenty of kids get arrested and give the cops all kinds of shit. 70s and early 80s.

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Anyone want to wager that these two bandits were riding stolen bicycles?

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Being mindful. These are juveniles. The first thing I would do look into, research, investigate into their schools and any other past criminal history. That will help guide the direction of any Court intervention. If these juveniles had okay attendance and grades and no criminal history I would turned it over to the parents or Guardians. Offering a recommendation of punishment of staying in the house. Taken away of all electronic devices. Place the child on a weekly School progress report Etc

if the juveniles had an extensive juvenile record or not in school I would certainly consider Court intervention which may result in incarceration or Court diversion Avenues.

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