Over the past year, Milwaukee police have noticed a crime trend: A batch of young and inexperienced criminals is learning the trade of robbery on the streets, says the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In the first quarter of 2010, only one of every five robbery suspects arrested by police had no criminal record. In the first quarter of 2011, that number rose to almost one in three.
“These guys are less experienced than some of the robbers we’ve had in the past,” said police crime analyst Nicole DeMotto. Offenders are younger: When excluding the youngest and oldest who were arrested, the average age of a robber was 22 a year ago, but that number is now 20. “We’re finding that in the groups of arrests, there tends to be a younger person along with them, ‘learning the trade,’ so to speak. So we don’t necessarily have two 13-year-olds out with a gun robbing people. We have a 13-year-old running with a 16-year-old,” Milwaukee police Capt. Michael Dubis said. “We’ve had a significant number of robberies being done by more than one person.”