Vehicle crimes connected to juveniles; community wants consequences

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SHANNON HILLS, Ark. — More police officers will be patrolling Shannon Hills neighborhoods at night — but those living there won’t know it. 

So far in 2019, the city has had 15 car break-ins and 8 stolen cars. 

Nearly all are believed to be committed by the same group of juveniles, according to Police Chief Spears. 

“Everybody’s nice, everybody’s friendly, and we just got to get rid of a little riff raff,” Derrick Jones, who lives near Parkway Meadows where at least one car was stolen. 

The feeling is echoed by other neighbors not willing to go on camera. 

Chief Spears says at least two teens have been arrested multiple times but are quickly released by juvenile services. 

“They need tougher consequences to be honest with you,” Jones said. 

Jones works with at-risk teens and is frustrated at how these cases have been handled. 

“If you don’t deal with them in a certain way and they don’t get the right consequences for their actions, it’ll go on and on and it’ll carry on into their adult life,” he said. 

Until then, the curfew will be enforced and unmarked police units will monitor heavy hit areas.

New tactics that leave neighbors like Jones hopeful and waiting for real justice in these serious crimes. 

We reached out to the Juvenile Court Director for Saline County but haven’t heard back. 

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