Kentucky children charged in ice cream truck robbery

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We've learned more about a crime spree in a Lexington neighborhood. Police say they've charged four children for the crimes.

They say the children broke into homes and even robbed an ice cream truck driver along Trailwood Lane. All of the crimes have been in the McConnell's Trace neighborhood off Leestown Road.

Whether they were just looking for something to do because they were bored isn't a good enough excuse for police.

"Something that made them cool," said CJ Lechner, whose home was burglarized. "Something that was fun. Something different to do."

Lexington Police say four juveniles are responsible for one robbery involving an ice cream truck and four home break-ins.

"From this investigation, we were able to recover seven firearms, three laptops, and two gaming systems and this investigation is still ongoing," said Sherelle Roberts, with Lexington Division of Police.

CJ Lechner's home was one of those targeted in the McConnell's Trace neighborhood. He says he had something broken, not stolen, in the break-in.

"My little sister came outside and said your hookah pipe is all over the ground," said Lechner. "So when I came out, it was right over there in the middle of the street completely shattered."

The kids were charged and released to their parents with police saying they did not meet the criteria to go to a juvenile detention center.

People in the Masterson Station area tell us they are aware of what's going on and will be keeping a close eye out for anything suspicious, not wanting to become the next victim.

"I'm usually very aware, and we're almost always outside," said Lechner. "So the fact that this happened the first time is shocking enough."

With the juveniles only being 11 to 13 years old, many hope these kids learn a lesson and stay away from where they don't belong, like other people's homes, and stop taking what doesn't belong to them.

"If Bob broke Frank's window, Bob would pay for Frank's window," said Lechner. "That's just your average adult logic right there. You need to be held accountable for your actions."

Each juvenile was charged with one count of robbery and four counts of burglary.


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