Archive for Monday, December 31, 2012

Two juveniles taken into custody following Saturday incident at Dollar Tree

December 31, 2012


A 15-year-old and a 14-year-old were taken into custody Saturday following an alleged robbery at the Dollar Tree, 2108 W. 27th St.

According to Lawrence Police spokeswoman Kim Murphree, police were called to the store about 6:30 p.m. for a report of a robbery in progress.

A cashier at the store reported that the two juveniles entered the store and told people to put their hands up, but no weapon was shown.

Police responded and made contact with the juveniles, but no weapon was found, and no money was taken.

However, both were taken into custody on child in need of care and criminal threat charges.


oldbaldguy 1 year, 3 months ago

I have represented kids who are just aholes. That's why crimes were committed. They never learn.


gottasayit 1 year, 3 months ago

Ok, so I work at Dollar Tree. The fact here is that these were people doing their jobs, families with children shopping and a kid "jokingly" says it's a hold up, he has a gun, isn't afraid to use it and says he will shoot the cops too? And these employees and families are supposed to shrug it off as if it is just "some kids"?? These are teenagers. They should know better. And no one should have to take this lightly just because we don't want to cause a problem in their future. Tell me one person who would not have felt threatened if they heard those words while working behind the counter or while standing in line with their kids.

Given recent events in school shootings... Are we to expected to look the other way if a teenager comes to school and "jokingly" says he has a gun and isn't afraid to use it???? Word on the street doesn't always paint the whole picture.

I am glad my co-workers did what they did. I don't want to see these kids lives ruined. I hope that they learn a very hard but very important lesson from this and are able to get on the right path.


snooky 1 year, 3 months ago

i doubt they were going to rob a dollar tree word on the street is the clerk argued with 14 year old and was being a mature adult and fixed him by telling poloce he was serious when they absolutely knew that was not the case. oh yes that will teach them!!!!!:(


Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 3 months ago

"... got into trouble as teens and went to Job Corp instead of prison and learned profitable trades that should have enabled them to make an honest decent paying living. What did they choose to do instead? Sell drugs."

You proved the point. Job Corp is a free pass for teens in trouble. It has had positive results for teens that want to do well. However, it is not a public record or punishment to deter criminal activity.

If there were real, and timely, consequences for a teen's criminal activity ... there would be real, and timely, changes. However, a teen arrested for a crime today may not see the consequence of that crime for nearly a year. Court delays, attorney changes, hearings, trials, sentencing, etc. usually result in the consequence being so far removed from the crime that there is no connection in a youth's mind.


workinghard 1 year, 3 months ago

"Because, of course, having a public record keeps adults from committing crimes in the future. Right? RIGHT???

Let's see what happens when we make it so that 14 year olds won't be able to get jobs as adults because of their juvenile record. What are their options, then? Welfare? Nah. Commit more crimes? Sounds like a plan to me. A really, really, really crappy plan."

I know of at least three of those indicted in the following drug ring bust (including two of the main ones) got into trouble as teens and went to Job Corp instead of prison and learned profitable trades that should have enabled them to make an honest decent paying living. What did they choose to do instead? Sell drugs. Some kids, no matter how much you try to help them, are determined to take the high paying illegal path.


andrew55 1 year, 3 months ago

Oh no. We are too "civilized" for that.


andrew55 1 year, 3 months ago

Repeat offender? Cut off remaining hand.


greenworld 1 year, 3 months ago

Im sure a couple thugs from t-town with nothing to do and trying to get some quick cash to buy some dope.


Bob_Loblaw 1 year, 3 months ago

St. Johns Military School in Salina......but only if they have a frequent delinquent scholarship of course. It will make them...or break


MarcoPogo 1 year, 3 months ago

Seems like it would be smarter to rob a place that was called "The Several Dollars Tree".


colicole81 1 year, 3 months ago

It seems strange that such young kids would attempt to rob a store, hang around until police showed up then be taken into custody on "child in need of care". It sounds like maybe they had been abandon and needed money for food! I hope these kids are ok.


50YearResident 1 year, 3 months ago

This is an example of where Juvenile Protection Laws are not working to prevent these 2 from continuing to perfect their criminal ways. They might be stopped at this point in time if their names and addresses could be published in the local paper so all their friends, neighbors and relatives knew who they are. But I am sure they will only have their hands slapped and no record of this will ever appear. They they will be released to try it again. I say nip crime in the bud by making permanent records of these teen events. We need to start early with Juvenile punishments instead of Free Passes.


neworleans 1 year, 3 months ago

If there had been a customer in that store; with conceal and carry; there might have been a problem..............


Bailey Perkins 1 year, 3 months ago

Expect top dollar when robbing a Dollar Tree....FML


50YearResident 1 year, 3 months ago

They should have gone to a Bank, you can rob a bank with ever having a weapon.

Good job by the PD.


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