15-year-old girl admits to third-degree burglary

September 29, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

A 15-year-old girl was detained over lunch Wednesday after she admitted in Washington County juvenile court to third-degree burglary for breaking into a woman's house in the 300 block of Salem Avenue and stealing between eight and nine rings.

The girl admitted to third-degree burglary. Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Michelle Flores said that the rings were reported stolen June 5. The girl later admitted to crawling through the woman's dog door to get to her jewelry box, Flores said.

Flores said that the girl allegedly stole the woman's dog a couple of weeks before that, causing her to suspect the girl also was responsible for stealing her rings.

"After she took the dog, she went back and took the jewelry," Flores said.

Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, holding a victim impact statement, said that what was written by the victim - saying the girl did not respect others' property - was exactly what he was thinking.


Beachley ordered that the girl be detained pending disposition. The girl began to cry and asked why she had to go to jail.

"You're a thief, that's why," Beachley said.

The girl was to be brought back into the courtroom at 1 p.m. after being held in a courthouse holding cell for a couple of hours.

The Department of Juvenile Services had been ordered to look into shelter care possibilities.

Later, Flores said that the girl was placed in shelter care and a psychological evaluation was ordered.

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