Nine cameras caught their every move.
Five teenage boys hid in the bushes outside of Tech Boyz, an electronic store in Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 3:30 a.m. on December 29. When the coast was clear, the video shows one of the teens smashing a window and unlocking the door. Then, all five boys were seen entering the store, helping themselves to more than $3,000 in laptops and cell phones. When the security alarm sounded, the teens dashed out of the store and vanished into the night.
It wasn’t clear footage: some of the cameras shot black-and-white video, while others relied on night vision. To the average person, the five teens may have been unrecognizable.
But somebody did recognize two of them. When the video was broadcast on local news station ‘WTVD” on New Years Eve, the parents of two of the boys – ages 14 and 16 – allegedly realized their sons might be involved in the robbery.
The next morning, they took their sons to the Fayetteville Police Station. “It’s admirable that they did that,” officer Antoine Kincade told USA Today. Sometimes, folks just aren’t going to do that.”
Police said that the brothers were supposed to be sleeping at an older sibling’s house that night, but apparently went out with their friends instead. Kincade, who declined to name the minors, said the boys claimed they were “peer pressured” into committing the crime. Their cases will be handled in juvenile court. The stolen goods have not yet been recovered, and the case is still open.
At least one person was thankful for the parents’ decision: store owner Jesse Hill. “To the ones who turned them in, thank you,” he told WTVD. I hate if it’s your kids, but thank you for doing the right thing.”
And lest any other teens get the same idea, Hill says that he and his business partner have invested in a large safe and a louder alarm. What’s more, they’re buying more cameras – high definition ones that shoot in color.