Boys & Girls Clubs ad highlights crime spree in which teens told investigators they were “bored”

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MILWAUKEE -- The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee has a new ad campaign that highlights a crime that made headlines back in late January/early February. Two teenage boys were charged, accused of breaking into vehicles parked at General Mitchell International Airport -- shooting out car windows with BB guns and then stealing items inside. Prosecutors say one of the teens told investigators they committed the crimes because they were "bored."

With this ad campaign, Boys and Girls Clubs officials are pointing out that young people don't have to be bored.

"Earlier, this year, two teenage boys stole a car -- not because they had somewhere to go, but because they had nowhere to go," the radio ad says.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

"We`ve gotten an enormous amount of attention related to these ads," Vincent Lyles, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee said.

The radio ad highlights all of the activities available at the Boys and Girls Clubs this summer.

"When the police asked why they did it, they simply said: 'We were bored,'" the radio ad says.

"It's timely. To the point. What kids care about. What their parents care about. And quite frankly, what Milwaukee`s talking about," Lyles said.

18-year-old Paris Chambers and 18-year-old Earl Blackmon III have been charged in this case.

Earl Blackmon

Earl Blackmon

Blackmon III is facing the following charges:

  • Operating a vehicle without the owner's consent (take and drive) as party to a crime -- two counts
  • Attempted operating a vehicle without the owner's consent (take and drive) as party to a crime
  • Criminal damage to property (less than $2,500 in damage) as party to a crime -- two counts
  • Fleeing or eluding an officer
  • Operating a motor vehicle without the owner's consent
Paris Chambers

Paris Chambers

Chambers faces the following charges:

  • Attempted operating a vehicle without the owner's consent (take and drive) as party to a crime
  • Criminal damage to property (less than $2,500 in damage) as party to a crime -- two counts
  • Operating a vehicle without the owner's consent (take and drive) as party to a crime
  • Felony bail jumping -- two counts

Dozens of vehicles were damaged at the parking structure at General Mitchell International Airport on January 30th, 31st and February 2nd and 3rd -- and there were vehicles shot out across Milwaukee in separate incidents. FOX6 News learned Chambers had been released from jail just days prior for stealing and crashing cars.

Vehicles shot by BB gun in General Mitchell International Airport parking structure, damaged and broken into

Vehicles shot by BB gun in General Mitchell International Airport parking structure, damaged and broken into

The criminal complaint filed against these young men states that Blackmon III admitted that he and Chambers shot BB guns at multiple vehicles throughout the airport parking structure. Blackmon III then said he and Chambers entered the vehicles looking for property to steal. According to the complaint, Blackmon III told investigators he and Chambers were "bored" so they would shoot their BB guns at vehicles and houses. Blackmon III said if they shot out a window of a vehicle, they would then enter the vehicle and look for property to steal. Chambers also admitted to the crimes.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

"When you hear a news story like this, it triggers in your mind -- 'that's it. That's exactly what we're talking about. Kids are bored.' We gotta get kids like that into our clubs, because our kids aren't bored," Steve Laughlin with Laughlin Constable said.

Extended summer hours at 36 Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee locations begin on June 13th.

Meanwhile, Chambers and Blackmon III will be in court in June for plea/sentencing hearings. Blackmon III will be in court on June 7th, and Chambers will be in court on June 23rd.

5 comments

  • Robert Martin

    so, now we commit crimes because we are pored? These poor kids! What can we do do make their lives more productive and exciting?

  • head hunter

    where in any of these pictures do you see anyone close to being 18?? pass the buck! maybe if you are bored GET A JOB!!!

    • Michael Neils

      Yes. Or volunteer at the many shelters, nursing homes, kids groups, church groups. Do some chores for your folks or elderly relatives. If your are school smart-tutor some kids who are having a hard time with their studies. Bored my eyebrow. More like what they thought was easy $ and a thrill-till they got caught. Then ohhhhh pooooor me. I am so bored. Nowhere to go and nothing to do. Remember some of those thefts occurred during SCHOOL HOURS. No one will want them now-they have records. Put them in jail.

  • Debra ham

    These thugs should not have been bored. They should have had things to do, in an example home work. Maybe join a sport. There are all kinds of things the entitled little brats could have participated in.

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