What would you do if you were home one night, watching the evening news, saw footage of a store burglary being shown on TV — and you recognized the culprits as your own teen children?
That’s the situation two parents found themselves in recently when they witnessed their own 14 and 16-year-old sons featured in surveillance camera footage as they, along with three other boys, helped themselves to stacks of cell phones and laptops from an electronics store in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The unnamed parents were understandably shocked when they found out what their kids had been up to, but they did what we hope any parent would do, and marched the boys straight to the police station. There, the two were charged with breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen goods. They will go to trial in juvenile court.
According to the cops, the teens say it was not their idea to commit the crime and only went along with it due to peer pressure. One of the other three boys was also arrested and officers are close to identifying the other two.
As for the owner of Tech Boyz, the store that was robbed, he commends the parents on their actions.
“’To the [parents] who turned them in, thank you” said Jesse Hill. “I’m hating that it’s your kids, but thank you for doing the right thing.”