Albany Police Gang Unit Officers are warning parents that young gang members may be stealing from other kids to prove themselves to the gang.
One 13 year old boy was arrested by the gang unit recently for using threats and force to take another youth's bicycle. Investigators say more young gang members may be intimidating items from kids to be initiated into gangs. And that the victims may be too embarrassed to tell.
Gang Unit Corporal Prurince Dice said "Mainly just watch their kids' possessions. If they have purchased the items for their kids. And they no longer see their kids with those items, start asking questions."
If you would like to talk to the gang unit with concerns, call Albany Police at 431-2100.