Juveniles, ages 17 and 11, arrested after cell phone store burglary

(WISH Photo/Julian Grace)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department have arrested two juveniles for breaking into a cell phone store.

The break-in happened in the 2800 block of East 10th Street at Exclusive Cellular and Tobacco. According to police, the suspects used a sledge hammer to break the back door.

Officers caught the suspects shortly after they tried to leave the scene. Police preliminarily charged the 17-year-old and 11-year-old with burglary and curfew violation.

Just last month, IMPD Police Chief Rick Hite pushed for a stronger curfew for teens. Hite is pushing to move the curfew for 15 to 17 year olds from 1 a.m. to 11 p.m. on non-school nights.

“I think trying to enforce a curfew is a good idea,” said Julie Crowe, owner of Tim and Julie’s Fine Mess.

Crowe’s shop is just across the street from the neighborhood’s latest break-in. Crowe understands the frustration because just last weekend intruders broke into her shop.

It’s unknown if the suspects in Crowe’s case were juveniles, but she does admit she sees a lot of teens just hanging out throughout the day.

“I see a lot of kids that seem like they don’t have a lot to do,” said Crowe.

Currently, the City Council is reviewing a plan for a stronger curfew. Hite expressed in a meeting that stronger curfew should be a priority before the summer starts.

“I’m concerned if we don’t do something now before school lets out and summer begins, that we won’t have a plan to address those high risk young people,” said Hite.

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