Mahopac boy, 14, charged with stealing gun

Oct 2, 2007 Full story: Journal News

MAHOPAC - A 14-year-old boy was charged yesterday with burglary and criminal possession of a weapon, felonies, after he broke into a Mahopac home and stole a loaded .45-caliber gun and a box of bullets, Carmel ... via Journal News

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Jim

Killeen, TX

#1 Oct 7, 2007
Hello? Any parents out there? Does anyone teach anything at home anymore? Parents need to start paying attention to how their kids are developing long before they do these things.
yolanda

White Plains, NY

#2 Nov 13, 2007
um, first of all "Jim" doesn't know what he's talking about. Kids are awesome and some have problems like this kid. so yea dont even. Ya don't know me.
Zach

Mahopac, NY

#3 Jan 17, 2012
yolanda wrote:
um, first of all "Jim" doesn't know what he's talking about. Kids are awesome and some have problems like this kid. so yea dont even. Ya don't know me.
I was that kid it was 4 years ago and I ended up going to juvie for it which got me into the habit of getting locked up all the time. We need to look into alternative incarceration progams that work for troubled teens because if you send a child to jail in his teenage years they miss out on developing like a regular child and they instead grow into what ever they have to to survive the system. I went to prison when i was 17 and I've been convicted of 1 more felony and 9 misdemeanors so in closing we shouldn't be trying to punish troubled kids we should make the juvenile system more rehabilitation oriented instead of punitive. Remember taking a child out of his home and away from his family friends and life is only setting him up to be a burden of the state for the rest of their lives whether it be in state correctional facilities or on the welfare and state benifits and assistance progams
Greg

New York, NY

#4 Sep 16, 2012
Zach, if you were that kid, maybe you can answer one of the most and important questions that the situation begs to ask; can you pin point some of the reasons, i.e. peer pressure, home life, etc., why you might have taken the actions of B&E and theft of a deadly weapon, esp. At such a young age. Also what might have prevented it.

I'm 29 and have had my run ins the law, essentially minor drug charges and trespassing(I hung out in abandoned buildings at night) but I've never committed a crime that potentially harmed anybody, bodily or financially. It would seem apparent to me that there is a divide between crimes against others vs. victimless crimes, in that crimes against others create a more harmfuleffect on society as a whole. I completely agree that grouping troubled minors into an adult punitive criminal detention system is asking for trouble later. Even juvie is essentially harmful, for reasons that should be obvious if we take a few minutes to really look at it, which against their own good, people don't seem to have the time to do.

So again, this begs the question BBB, how do we prevent, so that we won't have to deal with, juvinile crime? To answer this we need to know the factors in a young persons life that could influence their tendency/willingness to commit these victim centered crimes.
And Yolanda, I can only rejoice in the fact that I dont have to know you. One of the life lessons that I do hope that you'll learn is to listen at least as much as you speak. Consider it, it might do you some good

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