Felony Charges Filed Against 12-Year-Old After Bank Break-In
SOUTHFIELD (WWJ/AP) – Prosecutors have filed felony charges against a 12-year-old Oak Park boy arrested following a late night bank break-in.
The boy, whose name wasn’t released because of his age, faces charges of breaking and entering and malicious destruction of a building, as well as a misdemeanor curfew violation. He’ll be arraigned in Oakland County Circuit Court’s juvenile division but no date has been set.
Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said the case might include the boy’s parents and could involve the court taking “jurisdiction” of him.
Police found the boy around 3 a.m. last Friday at the Bank of America branch on Greenfield Road near 10 Mile Road, just south of I-696. Officers responded to the scene after receiving a call from the bank’s security monitoring company, who said they had video of a suspect in the building.
When officers arrived, they found a bicycle parked at the front door and shattered glass all over the ground. Once inside, officers found the 12-year-old wandering around, collecting rolled coins and other miscellaneous items. Police say the child was found with “bait money” in his possession.
Video footage broadcast by local TV stations showed the boy being led away from the scene in handcuffs with a bag of Funyuns hanging out of his pocket. Once back at the police station, the boy was reportedly asking the officers about other snacks he left behind at the bank.
Police held the boy at the station for several hours before releasing him into the custody of his mother.
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