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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police say burglaries and robberies dropped by 21 percent in the last six months of 2010. 

The Albany Police Special detail unit reported that nearly 80 percent of the burglars they arrested from January to June 2010 were juveniles. They said many of those children were victims themselves, used by adult criminals.

Albany Police Sgt. Pritesh Patel said "We found out adults were teaching them how to commit these crimes. As juveniles they don't get strict punishment, or harsh sentences. So they pretty much were being used and lured into committing these crimes."

the Special Detail Unit goes undercover in areas where crimes are being committed, and they say that has helped them break up many of the burglary rings.

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