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10-year-old vandals ravage dead woman's home

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Updated: 6/28/2013 9:24 pm Published: 6/28/2013 9:10 pm

Kids as young as 10 years old broke into an elderly woman's home, trashed it, spray-painted antiques, broke windows and set up camp.

The woman died a few months ago and the family was working to sort through her belongings in the home.

Tulsa police caught two 10-year-olds and a 13-year-old who lived down the street from the home in the 5300 block of South 36th West Avenue on Wednesday night.

FOX23 News spoke to the woman who lived next door to the home, who says she caught the kids in the act.

"I pulled up in my van and I could see the front door," said Tammie Owen.

She knew the kids didn't belong in the home.

"The kid come out and ran back out when he noticed me sitting in my van," said Owen.

She went to the fence and started questioning one of the kids, who told her a story she didn't believe.

"He said, ‘Grandma gave me a key and said I could come over here,'" said Owen. "I'm like, ‘Let’s call the cops and let the cops decide what to do.'"

She says the kids told her they didn't like that idea.

"'Oh there is no need for cops to be called,'" said Owen of the kids’ reaction.

That's when the kids took off on their bicycles. When police arrived, the front doors were shattered and a boat in the yard was spray-painted.

"The house was just trashed,” said Owen.

FOX23 News spoke to a family member on the phone who said inside the home vulgar language was spray-painted on the washer, dryer, inside the freezer and antiques.

He said the kids dumped each drawer, made coffee and Kool-Aid and set up the television with the air conditioning blasting in the house.

He also said pills were smashed up.

"I wanted to beat them," said Owen.

She recognized the 10-year-olds, who lived at the end of the street.

Fox23 News knocked on their door to speak to the parents but no one answered.

"I wanted to teach them respect. You don't do people's houses like that way—anybody’s, I don't care whose it is," said Owen.

Police say the kids were not sent to juvenile detention but will have to go to juvenile court and face a judge, who will determine their punishment.

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Mayor Maynot - 6/30/2013 4:47 AM
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It's going to take more than a spanking to set these ruffians straight.

Anonymous - 6/29/2013 2:40 PM
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I live in this neighborhood and these boys run the streets with little or no supervision. Last week on my way home, they were walking on the street and one refused to move to the side of the road so I could pass. These boys need to be taught discipline and respect now or they are going to end up behind bars when they are older.

SDCradt - 6/29/2013 10:32 AM
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I lived in a similar neighborhood a few years ago and the kids at the end of the street were the same way. The parents yelled at them all of the time, cussed at them, and paid no attention to them whatsoever. So, when I vacated my home, those kids trashed the outside (breaking some garden decor I had left behind, but had inteded to come back for), and broke windows. I blame the parents! If you're going to have kids, take care of them! Teach them right from wrong, and KNOW where they are and WHAT they're doing!

Lakerfan - 6/28/2013 10:55 PM
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These kids and their parents should be required to restore the home to it's original condition.
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