4 teens accused of trying to steal computers from school, CMPD says

4 teens accused of trying to steal computers from school, CMPD says

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A place of learning turned into a crime scene Saturday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said four teens broke into Statesville Road Elementary School in north Charlotte to steal computers.

Within a matter of hours they were all caught, arrested and charged.

Still, a local community group fears this is just the beginning for the 2016 summer.

"They're just out of school with nothing to do," Charles Robinson, executive director of Team Tru Blue, said.

Team Tru Blue is a Charlotte-based group that focuses on ending violence and mentoring children, teens and young adults.

Robinson said Saturday's burglary at the school is proof more youth programs need to be in place, especially during the summer months.

"You've got a bunch of kids with absolutely nothing to do and this is what's going to happen," Robinson said. "And it's going to happen again if we don't get in front of it."

Prior to the end of the school year, CMPD officials told Channel 9 they were noticing more teens committing crimes, many were violent.

On Saturday, CMPD and the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office made an effort to reach these children and teens during a community event.

Robinson stressed these at-risk youth need a place to go. 

His local church, Community Outreach Christian Ministries, is in the process of turning one of its buildings into a community center. 

Robinson said the center will be a place for children and teens.  He hopes to have it complete by the fall of 2017.

"We want to have access to the correct places so these children can have a chance," said Robinson.

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