Pontiac — A hearing scheduled today for a 12-year-old boy accused of breaking into a Southfield bank this summer was adjourned to Oct. 10 to give the parents of the child more time to meet with a probation case worker assigned to the case.
The young suspect allegedly broke into a branch of Bank of America on Greenfield Road near 10 Mile. The boy reportedly rode his bike to the bank, where he is accused of entering by breaking the front windows. An automatic alarm alerted police the bank had been broken during the after night hours on July 12.
Authorities say the boy was found with a small amount of coins from the bank and candy he’d brought to the bank with him.
The youngster, who looks younger than 12-years-old, made an apperance in court in a yellow jail-type uniform and handcuffed. He appeared to mouth “I love you” to his parents and flashed a wide smile to them as he stood in court today. his parents and mouth
The child’s case is being heard before Judge Cheryl Matthews in Oakland County Circuit Court’s juvenile court.
Matthews urged the parents, who had not yet an appointment with the caseworker, to discuss the child’s case to make sure they are involved in his case.
“He’s 12-years-old and in a jumpsuit and handcuffs,” Matthews told the parents as she stressed to them the importance of their involvement in their child’s case. “That’s a bad situation.”
The caseworker told the court the boy has had recent incidents at the Oakland County Child Village where he is being detained following the bank break-in incident. The boy also has been suspended from school at Children’s Village, said the social worker.
Matthews told the parents that the idea is to come up with a plan to help the youngster so that he doesn’t not end up in an adult jail. The judge, the Assistant Oakland County Prosecutor and the boy’s attorney are in agreement that he would be eligible and would benefit from a residential program that would allow him to go home at night.