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June 24, 1996

By Mari Maldonado

Juvenile crime still a problem

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If you've kept up with the local police you'll notice the increase in
the number of thefts and acts of criminal mischief reported - and these
are only the ones I'm able to get a report on.

It seems that a lot of these crimes coincide with the time of year, as
air conditioner equipment and lawnmowers have been listed more than once
on some of the more recent case records. Criminal mischief reports are
pretty much the same all year round, but just more abundant this time of

I agree with one police official that these instances have a lot to do
with school being out and the migrant workers who are temporarily

I remember interviewing another party about juvenile crime a while back
and this person told me that they didn't feel it was anything to worry

Maybe it's me, but I think juveniles haughtily walking down an alley
with computer equipment that they've just stolen from the Pecos High
School Special Education Department is something to worry about.

- teens breaking into to local stores and stealing beer and cigarettes,
getting caught cruising the streets with drugs -

Excuse me! Yoohoo! I'm worried.

I realize it's not just a local issue and it's something that can't be
readily mended, but I just want people to open their eyes and see that
there is a problem and quit denying the facts.

The problems with the people in town for the work will eventually
subside as they leave, but the juvenile "thing" will remain to plague
local citizens. I feel that if something doesn't give, we're setting
ourselves and our children up for a point that offers no return.

Call me optimistic, or just plain stupid, but I honestly think that
there's still merit in a lot of young minds that just lack discipline
and hopefully we won't realize this too late.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mari Maldonado is an Enterprise reporter whose column
appears each Monday.
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