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19 kids bored from quarantine steal 46 cars worth over $1.1 million


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All are under 16 with the youngest being just 9; was part of a social media challenge


Police have identified nineteen kids aged between 9 and 16 years old after they stole 46 cars worth more than $1.1 million - for a social media challenge.
The 20 heists, which took place in March, occurred in Forsyth County, North Carolina, with the goal of the Snapchap ‘contest’ being to take as many pictures with stolen cars as possible.
Police have since found 40 of the 46 stolen vehicles - which included models from Audi, Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, Lexus, and Toyota. The Winston-Salem Police Department says the vehicles were taken on joyrides mostly out of the boredom of self-isolation. However, because the kids are all minors they cannot be arrested.

 
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Not sure how it works in your area of jurisprudence but here in the States a minor can very well be 'arrested'. This new outlet is ill informed. BTW Gulf News (the source of this article) is based out of UAE.
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“Detectives have sought, and thus far have been denied, secure custody orders from the Forsyth County Department of Juvenile Justice for the involved juveniles,” police wrote in the release. “Detectives are continuing their efforts to investigate these crimes and to prevent future thefts.”

Mekeal Binns, 19, was arrested March 25 in connection with the stolen vehicles. Binns has not been charged with stealing the cars, but instead with possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and violating probation.
 

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“Detectives have sought, and thus far have been denied, secure custody orders from the Forsyth County Department of Juvenile Justice for the involved juveniles,” police wrote in the release. “Detectives are continuing their efforts to investigate these crimes and to prevent future thefts.”

Mekeal Binns, 19, was arrested March 25 in connection with the stolen vehicles. Binns has not been charged with stealing the cars, but instead with possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and violating probation.
Not sure what secure custody orders mean, exactly. Perhaps they are referring to evidence in regard to the crime. Just a picture next to a stolen vehicle is hardly concrete. Additionally it could be that they don't want to keep them in custody due to Covid-19.
 
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This is from the Charlotte observer link the posted above.

“There’s just one problem — the authorities can’t arrest them.

A group of kids and teenagers between ages 9 and 16 are accused of stealing 46 cars worth more than $1 million from dealerships in the Winston-Salem area beginning in March, according to a police department news release.

“Detectives have sought, and thus far have been denied, secure custody orders from the Forsyth County Department of Juvenile Justice for the involved juveniles,” the release states.

Police didn’t say why the orders were denied, but the N.C. Department of Public Safety has said it’s trying to decrease the number of youth in detention during the coronavirus pandemic by utilizing electronic monitoring instead.
: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article242378926.html#storylink=cpy
 
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