When you hear about a pack of marauders roaming around a neighborhood at night, setting trash cans on fire and committing acts of vandalism, you expect they will be young. But what makes the band of malicious youths wreaking havoc in Southside Fort Worth is how young they are — some are as young as 8 — along with the equally disturbing fact that they have adult “supervision.” One resident reports having seen an adult female in the company of the children, pushing a stroller.
According to CBS DFW, the group of elementary school-aged children have been captured on video throwing rocks at cars, stealing bicycles from front yards, and more.
Homeowner Maria Luna says her 6-year-old son Jessie won’t sleep in his room alone most nights.
“Every night he’s like, ‘Oh they’re coming, Oh, I hear them!,” she says.
The kids her child fears are just a few years older than he is. Neighbors describe them as a group of elementary school kids between the ages of 8 and 12.
Surveillance videos taken by security cameras on neighborhood homes have caught the guilty parties in their acts of mayhem. One video shows a young girl lifting a package from Luna’s front porch. Unbeknownst to the thief, the contents of the pilfered box include baby diapers and formula for one of Luna’s special needs children
Laments Luna, “It makes me really worried. If they did it in front on an adult, what else can I expect from them?”
Across the street, a 9-year-old boy tells CBS11 about his stolen bike. Jessie Rodriguez says he bought it with money he received for his first communion.
“They gave it to me. I bought it with my money. It’s sad,” he says.
Members of the community have notified the police and filed police reports for various incidents.