BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - A concerned Brooksville father turned in his stepson and three other kids into police for burglary after finding items in his son's bedroom that appeared to be stolen, Hernando County deputies say.
The boys, ranging in age from 10 to 14 years old, are now facing felony burglary charges.
"The little ones need to learn that you can't steal and you can't lie," said Jerry Durham, stepfather to the 10-year-old.
Deputies say the four boys burglarized three schools along Ken Austin Parkway on Saturday and Sunday. The three schools hit were Pine Grove Elementary, West Hernando Middle School and Central High School. The kids got into the schools through unlocked doors, deputies say.
"If they went into a home, you never know, a homeowner is not going to know if it is a little kid that is breaking into the home," said Denise Moloney with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Some of the stolen items that were recovered inside one of the boy's bedrooms include an X-Box 360 video gaming system, video games, an I-pod, a laptop computer, a watch, coins, and miscellaneous school and food items.
The children, who ABC Action News is not naming because they are juveniles, are facing commercial burglary charges.
All four boys have been released to their parents.
"If you have any morals and you know something is stolen, don't sit there an harbor it. Call the police because if it ain't yours it ain't yours," Durham said.
Durham believes his stepson 'learned a lesson' spending the night behind bars.
He said the boy will be grounded for the remainder of the summer.
ABC Action News did reach out to all the other boys' parents and they declined to comment.