Iowa Street residents frustrated after police release teen theft, vandalism suspects

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By: Jon Zimney jzimney@953mnc.com

Residents who live in the 1400 block of N. Iowa Street in South Bend are frustrated with South Bend Police for not arresting a group of teenagers they say are behind a vehicle break-in and vandalism in their neighborhood.

The vehicle break-in happened around 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at ABC 57.

A neighbor saw the break-in and called police. Officers responded and apprehended the kids, ages 13-16, ABC 57 reported.

The responding officers recovered the items that were taken from the vehicle and told the teens to leave the area. However, the teens returned later in the evening and hit, kicked and threw ricks and cars and homes, according to neighbors, as reported by ABC 57.

Neighbors say they became frustrated after learning from South Bend Police that they are not allowed to take juveniles into custody unless instructed by the Juvenile Justice Center and that did not happen, ABC 57 reported.

Read and watch more about the story from ABC 57.