There’s a call from police for tougher laws with tougher penalties for teenagers accused of stealing cars in Waterbury.
Police have reported an increasing number of cases for car thefts where the thefts often end in crashes and put innocent people in danger.
Police are making arrests, but they say the law here in Connecticut isn’t tough enough on juveniles.
“There’s really no penalty. There is not a juvenile facility where they can put them and keep them there to rehabilitate or anything. I know it’s only a stolen car but you’re getting these kids over and over,” says Chief Edward Stephens of Wolcott Police Department.
Waterbury police are also hoping community policing can reach these kids.
They’ve established programs that get kids and police interacting in a positive light and establish better relationships.