The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Three young Portland
siblings probably won't be writing reports on how
they spent their summer vacations when school
opens this year.
That's because police say all three are suspected
of burglary, and passed the time this summer
breaking into at least 15 houses in Portland and
possibly some in the suburbs.
Police say the siblings are all gang members and
the youngest housebreakers detectives have seen:
6, 8 and 10.
"They were caught stealing candy at a store,"
said Southeast Precinct Officer David Dobler.
Police then matched up the descriptions of the
reported candy thieves to those given by
witnesses in a string of Portland-area burglaries.
Detectives think the children entered homes
through unlocked doors and open windows, stealing
cash, cameras, purses and other items they could
easily carry. Police said the children struck
during the day, knocking on doors to determine if
homes were unoccupied.
But if a door opened to their knock, the children
were reportedly ready with excuses: "Got any
cans?" "Can we mow your lawn?"
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Because they are too young to form criminal
intent, the children will not be charged, police
said. However, they were taken into protective