Young thieves grow bold
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 04 November 1997, 23:59 GMT]
Several cases of daylight robberies by children have been registered by the Sri Lankan Police in Jaffna last week.
An eight year old boy was caught for stealing gold jewellery worth 9500 SL rupees from a house in Alvai west. He was released on a bail of five thousand SL rupees.
Four boys arrested and kept in remand in connection with another robbery were released on 1500 SL rupees bail.
The same day a group of four boys were remanded for robbing 34000 SL rupees from a house in Gurunagar near Jaffna town.
"More and more poor children are being driven to crime as there are few organisations here who can tackle the problem on a wider scale" said a Jaffna Red Cross Society official.
23.10.97 Crime thrives under SLA control