Detroit police arrested three children on Monday for attempting to steal Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcats from the Jefferson North plant in Stellantis, the department said Tuesday. The three – aged 11, 12, and 14 – were caught breaking into cars at one of the facility’s storage lots in what Fox 2 Detroit says may have been a scheme orchestrated by older thieves to mitigate the risk of longer convictions. hard.
An official told the outlet that 11 is the youngest he had seen, but that younger and younger children are routinely involved in auto theft and auto theft schemes. The 14-year-old suspect arrested in the Dodge robbery attempt was not the only child of that age arrested last weekend for car theft. The other 14-year-old was also a repeat offender. Authorities are convinced that children are being recruited because they are unlikely to be subject to heavy penalties. Handing over the orders to these young people also serves to isolate older adults and teenagers from the crime itself.
The Charger and Challenger (and the Hellcats in particular) are popular theft targets in the Detroit subway due in large part to their ubiquity in local street racing and stunt communities. After all, if Dodge can fit a supercharged V8 into everything it sells, even a shady mechanic can.