GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) - The juvenile crime crisis has reached a boiling point in many Connecticut suburbs.
People want to see consequences for the perpetrators.
Five people were arrested in connection with three car crashes that happened Sunday, one of which involved a stolen rideshare vehicle.
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.
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.
"We’re hoping to get a unified message out that whatever is going on isn’t working," Glastonbury Chief of Police Marshall Porter said.
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.
"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.
"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.
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Many of the changes people were calling for Thursday night will need to be made by lawmakers.