15 juveniles arrested in one Central Illinois town

FARMINGTON - An alarming number of kids in one Central Illinois town have been arrested so far this summer.

Neighbors are wondering how to get them off the streets.

15 kids ranging from 12-15-years-old have been arrested in the past 10 days in Farmington. With more kids at home for the summer without anything to do, some neighbors are feeling concerned.

One Trivoli grandfather said if parents keep an eye on what their kids are doing, it reduces their chance of getting in trouble. He said Farmington used to have a bowling alley that kept the kids occupied. He said kids need more things like that to keep them out of trouble.

"Well, being involved in most everything they do, whether it be, t-ball or swimming, everything actually,” said Scott Lowery, a concerned grandfather. “Just be involved in everything they do."

Three girls, ages 12, 13 and 14, were arrested for criminal damage to property for vandalism at Jacobs Park and JFL field.

Three 12-year-old boys were arrested and charged with retail theft at Casey’s and Circle K.

A 13-year-old Hanna City boy and a 14-year-old Yates City girl were arrested in connection with a bicycle theft.

A 13-year-old Farmington boy was taken into custody for retail theft for shoplifting at Circle K.

Six juveniles were booked for violating curfew; a 12, 13, 14 and 15-year-old.

The kids have been referred to Fulton County Juvenile Probation in Lewistown.


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