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NEW CASTLE – “You’re probably going to start getting some calls.”
That, Henry County Sheriff’s Department Detective Danny Stivers predicted, will happen when the HCSD starts patrolling Pleasureville at 3 and 4 a.m. In particular, he warned that angry parents, whose children are being returned to them in the wee hours of the morning, might be a little miffed.
“After 2 a.m., if they’re under 18, we’re going to start waking people up,” Stivers told the Pleasureville City Commission.
Stivers indicated that recent incidents likely were the result of juveniles out beyond curfew and beyond parental supervision.
“We had two incidents, one with [a resident’s] mail box,” he said. “Fire crackers were put in her mailbox, and hers has an outer layer of wood on it. They put four or five fire crackers in it and busted that wood off.”
Other incidents involve flowers being pulled up, flower pots stolen and thrown into the street, and flowers pulled from whiskey barrel flowerpots. He added there have been incidents at the post office as well.
Many of the juveniles involved, Stivers said, know the process law enforcement will have to follow. “They know how long it’s going to take to process before their mom and dad get a letter,” he said.
In addition to the standard process of citing a juvenile – which includes the involvement of a court designated worker, sometimes before the parents ever find out something happened – Stivers said he plans on taking the offenders home regardless of the time of day.
“I’m going to load ‘em up, start knocking on doors and tell them [the parents], ‘You’ll be receiving a letter from CDW,” he said.
Stivers hopes that as word spreads about the tactic, the juvenile offenders will be less active.