Two parents had tough choices to make when they recognized their sons in surveillance footage committing a crime.
The parents were watching the previous night’s recording of an ABC 11 News broadcast on New Year's Day. The broadcast featured a story about a group of five teenagers breaking into an electronics store and stealing stacks of cellphones and laptops.
When they saw the surveillance footage, the parents noticed a couple of familiar faces — their 14- and 16-year-old sons. The mom and dad decided to take their kids to the police station in Fayetteville, North Carolina, to turn them in.
The two brothers had told their parents they were sleeping over an older sibling's house the night of the incident. The parents were at church at the time but had recorded the New Year's Eve news broadcast to watch the following morning.
Nine different cameras caught clear images of the five boys in sweatpants and hooded sweatshirts in the store, called Tech Boyz, at 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 29.
The group of teenagers reportedly broke into the store and helped themselves to laptops, cellphones and other electronics before running away.
The boys who were turned in by their parents were charged with larceny, breaking and entering, and possession of stolen goods. They will appear in juvenile court.
Police say they’ve arrested a 17-year-old boy involved with the robbery and are close to identifying the two remaining suspects.
Co-owner of Tech Boyz, Jesse Hill, said he and his business partner lost thousands in customer reimbursements, damage and extra security measures. Still, he is glad to see that some justice is being served.
“To the [parents] who turned them in, thank you,” Hill told ABC11. “I’m hating that it’s your kids, but thank you for doing the right thing.”