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    PA - Boys, 10, plotted to ambush and rob ATM users

    Stashing a toy cap gun and a baseball bat in nearby shrubbery, two 10-year-old boys hid outside a Dauphin County credit union in an apparent plot to ambush and rob customers, police say.

    The boys, whose names are not being released because of their ages, were caught after a woman trying to withdraw cash from an ATM outside the Belco Credit Union in the 5700 block of Allentown Boulevard escaped and called police, authorities said.


    "It's rather shocking," said Lower Paxton Twp. Police Lt. Richard Toth. "What would provoke 10-year-old kids to get this idea, and where did they get the idea?"

    Those questions remained unanswered yesterday, one week after the incident. Following their arrest, the boys were released to their parents, who did not want to speak to police in any detail, Toth said.

    "The kids were very emotional," he said. "They had broken down a little bit. We really don't know what their motive or their intention was, because they didn't want to talk to us."

    According to police, the two were caught soon after a 42-year-old woman drove up to the credit union ATM around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

    The woman noticed the youngsters hiding in the bushes, thought it odd, and kept an eye on them while making a withdrawal, Toth said.

    In her mirror, she saw the pair running up to her car from behind. Sensing she was about to be robbed, the woman sped off and called police.

    The boys ran from police but didn't get far.

    Officers found the Louisville Slugger and the toy cap pistol hidden in the bushes. The woman, who wasn't hurt, wasn't sure if the boys were carrying the weapons when they rushed her car, police said.

    The boys are charged with criminal conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of instruments of crime.

    Toth said police couldn't recall a time when such young children were charged with such a serious crime in the township.

    "They're so young, Schaffner won't even take 'em," Toth said, referring to the county's juvenile detention center.

    He said police hope the boys will receive counseling before they end up in the adult criminal justice system.


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    He said police hope the boys will receive counseling before they end up in the adult criminal justice system.
    Me too!! Let's hope that this will prove to be a blessing in diguise for these boys. And thank God that they did not hurt / rob anyone.
    Above is my opinion only

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    Well, with absolutely sick video games like the "Grand Theft Auto" series and "Max Payne", etc., it's no wonder that kids are de-sensitized to violence and doing this stuff for fun.
    "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." - Mark Twain



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