13 year old faces justice in smash and grab crimes

A 13 year old who is accused of being one of those window breakers at traffic lights in Hatillo will be in a private juvenile hearing this week.

Authorities suspect the youth broke at least 10 car windows to steal goods inside. The majority of the victims were women driving alone during peak traffic hours.

The Circunvalación has been a hotspot of such
crimes. Traffic is backed up at times, and there are traffic lights. Sometimes drivers were threatened by window breakers with firearms, officials said.

Judicial agents captured the youth Nov. 4 during raids in Hatillo and Pavas. They recovered purses, cell phones, jewels, watches and other items stolen during the robberies.

Some 14 witnesses are expected at the hearing in the Juzgado Penal Juvenil.

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