Two 15-year-olds break into same store twice, charged with felonies

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Two of the three felons wanted for burglarizing the same convenience store in north Fayette County in the space of a week, along with damage done at a nearby salvage yard, are in custody. It turns out that the two are 15-year-olds who live in the area.

It was on Sept. 19 that the Berry Good Food Mart on Ga. Highway 92 North near Westbridge Road was burglarized. The front door was kicked in and lottery tickets, tobacco products and cash were stolen.

Fast forward to Sept. 25, and the same thing happened again. This time, deputies at 2:51 a.m. responded to an alarm call at the store, finding the door forced open and items strewn around the floor, said Sheriff Barry Babb.

The owner arrived and confirmed that tobacco and CBD products had been stolen, along with a number of knives, Babb said.

Babb said store video showed three individuals with masks on the property. One wore a white hoodie, one wore a pink and purple hoodie and the other wore an orange hoodie, with all three wearing dark pants.

The investigation of both burglaries led to the identification of three suspects, two of which were arrested. The two suspects in custody were 15-year-olds who live in north Fayette County, Babb noted.

But the story does not end there. Also on Sept. 25, the suspects went across the street to Coleman’s Auto Salvage where they entered and damaged several vehicles and used a forklift to cause additional damage, Babb said.

Babb said the juveniles are being charged accordingly.

Whether in Fayette County or elsewhere in the state and country, kids in the early to mid-teens are showing up in increasing numbers to be guilty of various felonies.

Case in point, it was on Aug. 24 that a 14-year-old Peachtree City girl set fire to the Walmart on the city’s west side.

There has been no reported monetary loss assigned to the incident, though the results of the crime are evident by the large number of crews still working daily to address the damage and get the store in shape to re-open.

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  1. Interesting point Mr. Tucker….I can’t prove that my mind is fully developed and I’m 69 years old.

    Better to teach wright and wrong in school, a fairly simple concept to test or even expect youth to comprehend.
    Would not worry about hurting their development by finding them responsible for this crime (if guilty) and applying a punishment that others might see as an example.
    There are too many adults listening to children (or immature adults) these days.

    • As I understand from my teacher friends, a person’s brain (prefrontal cortex) is not fully developed until they get into their mid-20s. If that’s true, humanity should disallow permanent type punishments for those who do not have fully developed brains when commiting crimes. Now, in Biblical Old Testament times, rebellious youth were put to death. Given forgiveness of sins required for Christians, we probably should banish, or otherwise segregate, them from society those with undeveloped brains until such time they are deemed culpable. I think that means we should work not to punish those who commit crimes when they are young, but to find ways to prevent them from continuing to commit crimes. Just my thoughts.