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So Bizarre': Police Arrest 12-Year-Old Detroit Boy Over Alleged Midnight Bank Robbery


"It's beyond me. What is the world coming to?"

(Photo via WDIV-TV)

Police were shocked when they responded to a bank robbery around 3:00 a.m. Friday night to find the suspect in the security cameras was in fact a young, 12-year-old boy.

Reports indicate the child rode his bike to the bank in the middle of the night, and Southfield police spokesman Lt. Nick Loussia told The Associated Press he broke a window to get inside.

In doing so, he set off the bank's emergency alarm system.

WDIV-TV played footage of the child being led out in handcuffs.

(Photo via WDIV-TV)

When police approached the 12-year-old, they described him as calm.  For some reason, he originally told them he was eight, according to reports.

When police asked for a birth date, however, he gave them one that would have made him nine.  When they brought him back to the station, they found out he was twelve.

They said he had "property from the bank on his person," but didn't get in to details.  WDIV-TV video from the department, however, shows what appears to be cash and rolls of coins.

"The boy also kept asking police about the snacks -- Funyuns and chocolate milk -- he had taken to the bank with him," WDIV-TV adds.

(Photo: FOX2 News)

The boy was turned over to his mother and according to reports, may undergo some psychological testing.

"It's just so bizarre, I can't imagine a boy wanting to do that," bank customer Patricia Allen told FOX2. "It's beyond me.  What is the world coming to?"

News anchors and police were reportedly equally shocked by the apparent break-in.

"They've never seen anyone that young breaking into a bank before," WDIV-TV's Shawn Ley remarked.

Watch the station's complete report, below:

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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