Austin police say a 10-year-old, a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old are responsible for multiple break-ins in Southeast Austin. One of them is a suspect in about a dozen cases.
Rosa Narro says burglars interrupted her Easter celebration on Sunday. She and her sister, who live next door to each other, had their homes broken into while they were out of town visiting family.
"They kicked the front door open. They stole my roommate's TV, electronics, my jewelry, cologne, some things that weren't of much value, but they were valuable to us that we worked hard for," Narro said.
Her sister also lost a lot.
"My brother-in-law's tools. He does construction, he does concrete, all his tools," she said.
This was Narro's first break-in. Her sister has been hit twice within the past two weeks.
They're not alone. Austin police say on April 10th, a group of burglars were caught in the act attempting to break into two other homes--doors down from the Narro sisters.
One of them has been identified as 17-year-old Erik Marciel. Police say Marciel admitted to serving as the lookout for a 10-year-old, 13-year-old and one other unidentified person.
Marciel was arrested and charged with attempted burglary. The 10 and 13-year-old are headed for the juvenile justice system. Their identities are being withheld.
Police say the 13-year-old is a suspect in more than 11 burglary cases.
"Parents gotta do something about it," Narro said.
Officers don't know if the youngsters struck the Narro sisters. They are looking into the possibility.
"I just wish whoever was doing this gets caught and gets punished for it," Narro said.
The possible punishment for the juveniles if convicted of burglary includes probation until age 18, up to commitment in a state institution until 19.
Community service will be required. So will counseling. Juveniles will be assigned a probation officer.
The average age range for those in the juvenile justice system is 14 to 17.