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Suspects in Sioux Falls robbery three young teens

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Sioux Falls Police are looking for three white teenage boys between 13 and 14-years-old.

Just after 1 Tuesday morning, the Cubby's convenience store at 49th and Western was robbed at gunpoint.

According to the clerk, two of the suspects had guns and were each wearing a dark colored cloth or bandana covering their faces. He told police he believes the suspects are 13 or 14 because of their voices and height.

Both Sioux Falls Police and the director of the Minnehaha County Regional Detention Center say they haven't suspects this young in an armed robbery in years. So what happens when these three are caught? It's likely they'll be reporting to the Minnehaha County Regional Detention Center.

It looks a lot like jail -- locked doors, uniforms, small cells and barbed wire.

Jamie Gravett, Director of the Minnehaha County Regional Detention Facility hopes this facility serves as a wake up call for the juvenile offenders who come through the facility's doors day in and day out.

"This is the intake area. We have one staff up here at all times. When law enforcement brings the child in, this is where they'll come into," said Gravett.

Gravett says once law enforcement comes into contact with the three teenage suspects of the Cubby's robbery, they will be in contact with Gravett's facility. Intake officers would use a risk assessment inventory to determine where the best place for the teenagers would be.
"With a situation like this, they would score high enough that they would be held in our secure detention facility here -- instead of using alternatives that are available in the community. So when someone's putting a gun in someone's face to steal money, they're going to be held in a secure facility where they can't leave and they're going to be held in a jail-type setting," said Gravett.

Within 24 hours of the kids taken out of their home, they will see a judge who will determine where they need to be until their initial court hearing. The kids usually stay here through their court process. Gravett says for a delinquent act like this one at Cubby's, the maximum sentence in his facility is 90 days on each charge.

"There's some kids you can do everything possible and they're still not going to turn it around. That's unfortunate," said Gravett.

Gravett hopes he never has to see any of these kids again.
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