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Dozens of vehicle windows smashed by trio aged 14

THREE teenagers less than 14 years old smashed windows of 40 cars to steal valuables inside, police found.

The boys told police that thay stole because they were out of money to go to Internet cafes. Since they are still minors, police said they educated them and talked with their guardians.

The damage was found in the morning of December 18 when the car owners were shocked to see the windows of their car doors smashed in suburban Songjiang District.

"All the cars were smashed in the same way with the car window of the left rear door broken," a resident surnamed Niu said.

Twenty-three cars in Niu's residential area in Sijing Town were smashed and on the previous night, 17 more were smashed nearby.

But the suspects did not get many valuables as there were not many things to steal in the cars, according to police.

After investigating the footage of the surveillance cameras, the three teenagers were found by the police.

The boys confessed to using a screwdriver to crack the windows.

The three, one an orphan, one with divorced parents and another seldom watched by his parents, seldom go to school and hang out at Internet cafes, police said.

Police suggested the car owners sue the guardians of the boys for compensation.


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