According to this Farmington Independent article, two Farmington teens were arrested in early January after breaking into a home and stealing $10 from a bedroom. Their reasoning? They “did what comes naturally.”
From the article:
Farmington police officers Sean Scovill and Nate Siem responded to a report of a break-in at a home on the 5500 block of 180th St. W. around 12:20 p.m. on Jan. 6. The female owner had come home from work at noon that day to find that a block had been thrown through a sliding glass door in her basement, shattering the window. The owner also reported several items in the home had been moved, and a $10 bill was missing from a jar in her bedroom.
The girl admitted she and a 15-year-old boy had broken into the home. They thought it was an abandoned home and did not realize anyone lived there until they were inside, according to the report. Instead of leaving, the teenage couple “did what comes naturally,” Hollatz said.
While the 14 and 15 year old could have avoided any serious charges had they not taken the $10 bill, these moronic hoodlums were busted simply because the police officers followed tracks in the snow back to the area where the thieves were living. While they were both remorseful, they really should have known better at their age and sympathy should not be bestowed. However, the girl’s commentary that they “did what comes naturally,” seems almost as if they weren’t remorseful at all. Few people believe throwing a rock at a house, breaking a window and stealing $10 comes naturally. While teenagers are definitely not known for sane decision-making, this one appears to take it a little further than your typical stealing of lawn ornaments or moving for-sale signs around the neighborhood.
What do you think about this one? Is it natural teenage behavior to break into a home and steal money? What sorts of teenage hijinks did you get into when you were younger? Would you have ever thought about breaking into a house you thought was abandoned and then tromping around inside moving stuff around and stealing? Do you think you would have been smart enough not to leave tracks in the snow leading right to your home? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.