GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) - The juvenile crime crisis has reached a boiling point in many Connecticut suburbs.

People want to see consequences for the perpetrators.

Currently, police said their hands are tied and it’s allowing suspects to go out and reoffend.

"This is not just a property crime. People have been killed," Kristin Bourbeau said.

Bourbeau wore a red sash to remember the life of Henryk Gudelski, a New Britain jogger who died after police said a teen struck him with a stolen car.

"This is for the blood that’s been spilled and in Henryk’s memory, may not one more drop be spilled," Bourbeau said.

People want to see consequences for the perpetrators.

Thursday night in Glastonbury, a regional forum was held to address the rise in juvenile crimes.

Police from Manchester, Hebron, Portland, and Rocky Hill were all there to find solutions.

The juvenile crime crisis has reached a boiling point in many Connecticut suburbs.

"We’re hoping to get a unified message out that whatever is going on isn’t working," Glastonbury Chief of Police Marshall Porter said.

State and local leaders are trying to find ways to stop car thefts in the suburbs.

In Glastonbury in the month of May, there were 31 car break-ins and four thefts.

In June, thefts more than doubled to nine. Some of the incidents were violent.

A homeowner was shot at, a stolen car was crashed, and there were numerous reports of suspects going into garages.

Thursday night, Channel 3 heard frustration from residents, police, and lawmakers.

Many were upset, because they said juvenile suspects were often released back to the streets to reoffend.

The Town of Glastonbury will be holding a public forum to address the increase in car thefts and break-ins.

"I think what we’re missing is the process to deal with some of these juveniles after they’ve been caught," Porter said.

Some departments would like to keep the kids off the streets, but in order to do that, they need judges sign off on detaining orders.

West Hartford utilized that on Tuesday when police said a 16-year-old stole a car with a 2-year-old child inside.

Channel 3 learned that getting a judge to sign off on it is not always easy.

Fran Carino, the state’s former chief juvenile prosecutor, said in many cases, the judge does not see the suspect’s full criminal record.

The Town of Glastonbury will hold a public forum over the recent rash of car thefts and break-ins.

"All the judge has is the information about the case the kid just got arrested for. The judge doesn’t know if the kid has pending charges, if the kid has a lengthy record," Carino noted.

Carino said if more judges got the full picture, the public may see more detaining orders signed, meaning more suspects off the streets.

"There’s no reason why they shouldn’t have access to that information. A prosecutor doesn’t even have access to it," Carino added.

Many of the changes people were calling for Thursday night will need to be made by lawmakers.

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(2) comments

Dan7543

Plus, the police won't do anything. They are reactive, not proactive. It is not their job to stop crime. They get involved AFTER the crime has happened. Good luck, and take your GD keys out of your cars.

Dan7543

These kids are stealing cars that are easy to steal. Keys and key fobs are left in the car. The first step taken should be that people take their keys out of their cars.

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