The surveillance cameras at Hearts for the Homeless thrift shop on Tonawanda Street in Buffalo were rolling when five boys ranging in age from nine to 14 years old broke into a back door of the shop late last Friday night.
The thrift store says the boys stole candy and other random items and caused $2000 worth of damage. But what was most troubling,
"One of them was only nine years old," said Nicholas Calandra, Chief Operating Officer of Hearts for the Homeless.
The pictures were soon all over the news and two mothers watching the coverage knew right away exactly who the crooks were.
Three of the boys are brothers. Their mother brought them into the store to return a wallet and to apologize.
The other two suspects are also brothers. Their mother came to the store, without the boys, to let Calandra know her sons were involved.
Much to Calandra's surprise, both mothers are regular shoppers at the store. They told him that the kids do not have fathers in the home and they are struggling to make ends meet.
Thursday, Buffalo Police will have a meeting with the families involved and Hearts for the Homeless to determine what will happen next. More than anything, Calandra wants this to be an opportunity for the young suspects to get help and get back on the right track.
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