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Teens suspected in numerous home break-ins, gun thefts

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Jonesboro police responded to numerous reports Wednesday of groups of teens breaking into homes and stealing things.

Three break-ins happened within four miles of each other.

In each of the reports, the teens targeted the homes in the early afternoon.

A police report states that the youngest suspect involved was 12 years old.

The break-ins happened on Sandino Drive, Peggy Drive, and Bobbie Dawn Drive.

One homeowner reported more than $3,500 worth of their property either damaged or stolen.

The victim told police that five guns were missing from their home. A scope was attached to one of the guns. The teens also caused hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage to their home by kicking in the back door.

At another home, $1,000 in Susan B. Anthony coins were taken, along with a home safe, a gun safe, and a bag containing various gun magazines.

19-year-old Aesha Morris lives near where one of the break-ins happened.

She's home from college for the summer, babysitting her siblings while her parents are at work.

She said it's upsetting to hear about children committing such crimes.

"I can't imagine that teens would feel the need to go and steal. It's just, I guess it's that I've never been raised that way. We're always told don't steal, don't lie, don't cheat, don't do things like that because it's not honorable to God and it's not the way that we should live," Morris said. "It's just very heartbreaking and very sad that they feel the need to steal."

One 16-year-old and one 17-year-old were arrested and taken to the Craighead County Juvenile Detention Center.

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