(Clarksdale, MS) A crime check in Clarksdale, Miss., where seven teens face burglary charges.
Two girls and five boys, ranging in age from 15 to 17 years old, were arrested for breaking into a house on Cherry Street in Clarksdale on Monday.
Clarksdale police were not available to talk about the case or the juveniles arrested.
None of their names have been released, because all are teenagers.
A woman who was outside Monday saw the teens at the house and thought something was fishy.
That’s when Tamala Brown decided to do something about it.
“We saw a whole lot of kids and they broke into the house across the street yesterday evening, about three-thirty,” said Tamala Brown.
Brown was pretty upset by what she saw happening Monday at the house directly across from her’s on Cherry Street.
She believes a group of youngsters got into the house through the back door.
Brown says she was shocked at how casually they acted.
“They was standing on the front porch yesterday like they had moved in, like they had stayed there yesterday,” said Brown.
She decided to do something after watching several of the kids sitting on the porch, smoking what she described as weed.
“So I called my landlord and he told me to call the police. So when I called the police, they came and all of them ran out the back door and they were hopping over the fence. But they caught them in the ally back there,” said Tamala Brown.
Clarksdale Police arrested seven juveniles, two girls and five boys, between 15 and 17.
All were charged with felony burglary.
Tamala Brown is glad she was able to help.
“I feel real good, yes I do. Cause I did something right,” said Brown.
Eric Collins heard about the arrests and thinks the reason for the increase in juvenile crime is obvious.
“They ain’t got nothing to do but walk around. They need something for them to do. They got nothing to do but just walk around and get into trouble,” said Eric Collins.
A man who lives on Cherry Street said he’s heard thieves are breaking into homes and businesses in Clarksdale just to steal food.
He just hopes he’s not the next victim.
“They won’t even steal the merchandise. They’ll just come in and rob your refrigerator. I’d much rather have food than material items,” the man said.