Two six-year-olds and a three-year-old were caught robbing a house in Covington, La. over the weekend, thankfully stopping the would-be thieves at the start of, presumably, the most adorable crime wave known to man. Here's their haul:

  • Two hammers
  • A board game (Candyland)
  • A box of Little Debbie fudge rounds
  • Money
  • An unopened pack of cigarettes
  • A jar of vegetables

Well: I understand the rationale for stealing almost all the items on that list (I mean, Little Debbies, duh), except for the hammers (of which there were two, for some reason) and the jar of vegetables (they look like pickled peppers in the photo). But I'm not privy to the workings of the criminal mind!

Though, apparently, neither were our tiny little robbers. The burglars were caught by the homeowner returning from shopping, and apparently fled. Their fatal misstep? As usual, staying too close to the crime scene:

By the time officers arrived, the children were playing across the street, [Covington Police spokesman Jack West] said.

As the officers approached the children, one of the 6-year-olds took what appeared to be a handgun and laid it on the ground, West said. It turned out to be a realistic-looking pellet gun, he said.

Which is a good thing, because, wow, a slightly less patient cop and a slightly less self-aware six-year-old and this would be a lot less "cute" and a lot more "unbelievably sad." In any event: None of the wee reprobates were arrested, since they were under ten, but their mother (who had placed them under the care of a cousin while she attended foster parenting classes) was advised that she was responsible for their actions.

[New Orleans Times-Picayune]