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Teen car thieves collared

By johnboy 10 August 2011 39

ACT Policing has apprehended three 15-year-old youths after two vehicles were stolen from two southside suburbs early this morning (Wednesday, August 10).

About 1.30am police received information from a member of the public that two vehicles were seen driving erratically in Isabella Plains and that the vehicles had recently been dumped in Babinda Place. A description was given of three males seen leaving the area where the vehicles had been dumped.

When police attended the area, the three youths ran towards Mollee Crescent. After a short foot pursuit all three youths were apprehended.

Officer in Charge of the Tuggeranong Police Station, Sergeant Rod Anderson said this latest incident highlights the great work by a member of the public in alerting police so promptly.

“Because a member of the public contacted police shortly after witnessing some suspicious behaviour, police were able to quickly apprehend the youths,” he said.

All three youths were taken to the Tuggeranong Police Station. They were later released and are expected to face the Childrens Court at a later date.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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HenryBG 8:29 pm 21 Feb 12

Stevian said :

BDoubleC said :

I hate this term “bad kid” .

I prefer “mingy scrote”

Much better, I agree.

farnarkler 7:58 pm 21 Feb 12

Blind them, surgically remove their hands or sever their spinal cords just below the neck.

jwhite62 6:59 pm 21 Feb 12

I’m guessing that all those people who presume ‘bad’ kids are the result of ‘bad’ parents have forgotten about that wonderful thing called “rebelling”. So many teens behave in ways deemed unacceptable (ok, they are little sh*ts) through absolutely NO fault of the parents. As teens grow into adults they make their own way. Some make poor decisions. Some imitate awful parents. A whole lot rebel against parents.

One of the nicest, most law-abiding young men I knew fit that ‘rebelling teen’ definition so beautifully: his parents were unemployed drug addicts. He rebelled, did well at school, and the last I heard was at university studying law. Go figure out that if you will!

Angelina 10:34 pm 30 Oct 11

Mysteryman, I don’t think I said that kids are born bad. Without going back through the posts I think the original discussion I entered in to was around whether all kids who turn out badly are always the result of bad parenting, and I don’t think they are. I think that a lot of shit kids probably do have shit parents. But there are situations where kids from perfectly respectable backgrounds with dedicated parents come into undesirable situtations that can start a chain of events leading to their (self-inflicted) downfall.

Basically I feel that there can be other influences that cause bad children. I’m not going to always assume that it’s the parents fault whenever a kid nicks a car. I think that just sets up a situtation where we make it even easier for these kids to deny personal responsibility.

In the comment you’ve quoted when I say “end up with shitty kids” I am referring to kids who have turned out bad because of their own choices, kids who no matter how hard their parents might try to save them just want to live on the fringe of society with other undesirables. I probably wasn’t clear.

Let me also clarify that it was all just opinion and I wasn’t specifically referring to the kids in the OP because obviously I don’t know them.

buzz819 10:14 pm 30 Oct 11

Leinna said :

Why is it always ‘They were taken to the Tuggeranong Police Station’ 🙁

I worry about my end of town sometimes!

Easy, more jerks down south.

Leinna 7:33 pm 30 Oct 11

Why is it always ‘They were taken to the Tuggeranong Police Station’ 🙁

I worry about my end of town sometimes!

Classified 12:35 pm 30 Oct 11

Deref said :

Deref said :

Well done the Plod and that member of the public. I’m sure they’ll get a wrist-slapping and a finger-wagging.

Perhaps even a stern finger-wagging.

Or even a finger-slapping.

Mysteryman 11:40 am 30 Oct 11

Angelina said :

Really though, It is possible for people to be good parents who happen to end up with shitty kids or kids who make bad decisions. It doesn’t mean they’re all bad parents. Some of them are, but some of them aren’t.

You don’t just “end up” with bad kids – it’s not luck of the draw. Kids are not born bad.

Deref 7:13 am 30 Oct 11

Deref said :

Well done the Plod and that member of the public. I’m sure they’ll get a wrist-slapping and a finger-wagging.

Perhaps even a stern finger-wagging.

Stevian 7:53 pm 29 Oct 11

BDoubleC said :

I hate this term “bad kid” .

I prefer “mingy scrote”

BDoubleC 5:53 pm 29 Oct 11

I hate this term “bad kid”, they are not “bad” they have just made bad decisions and engaged in damaging behaviours.
I work with these young people, and as much as people may argue that parents are not always to blame I can say that after 10 years in the youth justice and child protection field they 9 times out of 10 these young people do come from homes where there is neglect, abuse and drugs or alcohol addictions within the home. They have absent parents who are so caught up in their own lives/drugs that their children seek attachment and connection outside of the family home, this is usually with other youths who have similar backgrounds. When you have rejected, abused and angry young people then these criminal activities are often the choice of fun.

So before judging them, calling them “scum” why not look at where they have learnt these behaviours from and why they feel the need to engage in antisocial behaviours.

Angelina 1:51 pm 11 Aug 11

Stevian – I’m not disputing that incompetent parents can raise bad kids. No where have I said that. I’m saying that not every bad kid is the result of bad parenting. I’m saying that there can be other reasons a teenager makes dangerous and reckless decisions, you can’t always assume it’s because the parents are bad.

If you can’t see the difference in the two then I’m afraid I really can’t dumb it down any more for you.

All opinions aside, I notice you say that incompetent parents will produce bad kids and that this is incontravertible. Can you produce proof (sources, studies, etc) to support this claim? Because the only way that statement can be incontravertible is if you have evidence that shows every single incompetent parent has produced only bad children, that no children of incompetent parents ever turn out to be good kids. And I would love to see the study on that…

blowers 1:29 pm 11 Aug 11

Timberwolf65 said :

creative_canberran said :

Take their dead beat parents and handcuff them to these scumbags.

Seriously, I bet a lot of people jump to the conclusion that the kids sneak out. I think it’s more likely the parents either know (“Hey ma, gonna boost sum wheels”) or choose complicit ignorance.

Do you actually have kids?

I do, and I knew when they were doing right or wrong. They werent angels but we knew. Didnt destroy other peoples property like these clowns. Agree, tie the parents to the kids and send them to Malaysia

Timberwolf65 12:59 pm 11 Aug 11

Stevian said :

Timberwolf65 said :

creative_canberran said :

Take their dead beat parents and handcuff them to these scumbags.

Seriously, I bet a lot of people jump to the conclusion that the kids sneak out. I think it’s more likely the parents either know (“Hey ma, gonna boost sum wheels”) or choose complicit ignorance.

Do you actually have kids?

To ask that you must have kids that you can’t control, which means you are a incompetent parent.

Another judgmental, kid-less know it all has raised his ugly head, do not judge me you do not know me.

Stevian 12:47 pm 11 Aug 11

Angelina said :

Stevian said :

Timberwolf65 said :

creative_canberran said :

Take their dead beat parents and handcuff them to these scumbags.

Seriously, I bet a lot of people jump to the conclusion that the kids sneak out. I think it’s more likely the parents either know (“Hey ma, gonna boost sum wheels”) or choose complicit ignorance.

Do you actually have kids?

To ask that you must have kids that you can’t control, which means you are a incompetent parent.

And to say that means you must know every parent of every naughty teenager in Canberra and the surrounding regions because that’s the only way you could possibly make that judgment…oh wait, you don’t! You must just be full of crap then.

It’s simple logic an incompetent carpenter produces a bad table, an incompetent parent produces bad kids. It’s incontravertible.

Innovation 11:37 am 11 Aug 11

Actually, irrespective of whether one thinks that bad kids are never, sometimes, regularly or always the product of bad parenting the idea of chaining a child to a parent or guardian has some merit. Touch wood, my children seem to be turning out pretty well (although I’ve probably jinxed myself now), for which I take no credit, but I would happily be chained to my children if it helped getting them back on the straight and narrow.

The problem with such a punishment would be when bad children were chained to even “worse” parents.

Angelina 11:07 am 11 Aug 11

Occur. Damnit!

Angelina 11:06 am 11 Aug 11

Stevian said :

Timberwolf65 said :

creative_canberran said :

Take their dead beat parents and handcuff them to these scumbags.

Seriously, I bet a lot of people jump to the conclusion that the kids sneak out. I think it’s more likely the parents either know (“Hey ma, gonna boost sum wheels”) or choose complicit ignorance.

Do you actually have kids?

To ask that you must have kids that you can’t control, which means you are a incompetent parent.

And to say that means you must know every parent of every naughty teenager in Canberra and the surrounding regions because that’s the only way you could possibly make that judgment…oh wait, you don’t! You must just be full of crap then.

My husband stole cars (and other things) in his youth. He was insanely wild and stupid and his parents weren’t terrible, white trash bogans. For a while they just didn’t realise what was going on because he and his mates didn’t get caught. They thought he was at friends places whose parents in turn thought their kids were at his place, etc and being that they were good people who thought he was a good kid it didn’t even ocur to them not to trust him.

By the time he did get caught he was determined to follow that path, he left home when they tried to control him and they lost contact with him for ages.

He turned out alright in the end and is now extremely successful. It’s quite likely that one of the reasons he ended up righting himself is that his parents were good people and underneath all of his stupidity there were still glimmers of their morals and ethics. But it’s foolish to try and blame his parents for his actions. In fact that’s one of the defences you would publicly cry out against if these kids tried to use it in court!

It’s quite possible that these kids’ parents do suck, but you have absolutely no way of knowing that.

johnboy 10:56 am 11 Aug 11

Plenty of kids stole cars in my year at Radford, they were just smart enough to not get caught.

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