Four children arrested in early morning robberies
Indianapolis - Four children are under arrest and accused of going on a early morning robbery spree.
It ended when the van they were riding in was pulled over near Southport and Bluff on the southwest side.
A GMC passenger van fit the description of one seen at the Dakota Ridge Apartments where several vehicles were broken into overnight, so at around 5:00 am Wednesday, an officer pulled the van over. To her surprise there were four children inside, ages 10, 11 and 15, with a 14-year-old driving.
The officer didn't have to investigate for very long before she realized that she had in fact she stopped the right vehicle.
"The ten-year-old suddenly blurted out, 'hey, we've been stealing stuff out on the street,'" said Lt. Jeff Duhamell.
Inside the van, police found fishing rods, iPods and cameras, all apparently stolen. All four juveniles were arrested for theft and curfew violation. The 14-year-old is also charged with driving without a license.
Several work vans at Perma Pools were broken into and thousands of dollars worth of tools stolen. It's unclear if the children are responsible for that theft, but due to the timing and proximity to the apartment complex, police say it's possible.
"It's very frustrating cause it not only hurts us by having to replace all the equipment, because you can turn that in with insurance, but it gives us down time from our men where they should be out doing their jobs," said Ron Frushon, Perma Pools.
Also taken into custody was 32-year-old Rageanne Smedley, the mother of three of the four children who were arrested. When she was called to the scene, police say she was belligerent and hostile toward the officers.
"Just made a bad situation worse and she was arrested," said Duhamell.
Smedley now faces charges of child neglect, disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. The four children are in the Marion County Juvenile detention center.