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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Crime usually increases when school is out.

Law enforcement officers say you might want to take extra precautions to protect your property because many kids are committing crimes- from petty to serious.

Albany teens, some under the age of 17 are believed to have committed crimes ranging from armed robbery to entering an automobile on Tuesday.

Two bold young men ransacked cars at a used car lot in broad daylight with the employees there. And it was all caught on video.

The two teens are believed to be juveniles. That's why their faces are blurred in video.

They jumped the fence behind Midtown Auto Sales on South Slappey, and started going through the cars.

It happened at 10 a.m., with the employees inside the business, but these kids were not afraid.

Law enforcement experts say with school out many juveniles are bored and on the streets looking for something to do, and sometimes that includes committing crimes.

"Kids have a lot of time on their hands, and a lot of free time to roam and do things they shouldn't do.  Get into different little criminal elements that they ought not be involved with," says Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Lt. Terron Hayes.

In the case of Midtown, the teens did not steal anything from the cars, but the fact that they were so bold was revealing to the business owner.

Albany Police report several juveniles went much further Tuesday, stealing 18 year old Rondonterio Blackledge's bicycle at gunpoint.

It happened about 5:30 a.m. in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Drive.

Officers say bored kids, looking for a thrill, can commit serious crimes when there is no parental supervision.

"There is no disciplarian (sic) there to say no, stop, don't do that, don't try that, put it back. It's the thrill of the adventure," says Hayes.

The kids may be committing crimes, but are still just kids. Video shows when the car lot owner yells at the teens going through the cars, he told them to "shut that car door." The kid then runs back and shuts the door, and vaults the fence to run away.

Police report they caught the two teens going through the cars.

17 year old Quincy Hayes was charged with entering auto and taken to the Dougherty County jail.

The other boy was only 16, and he was taken to the Regional Youth Detention Center.

Lt. Hayes recommends people lock up their property and keep close watch, as well as that parents find structured activities for their kids to keep them busy and out of trouble.

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