Charlotte police say robbery suspects they're arresting are getting younger, and now include straight-A students and promising young athletes.
Last year, nearly one in three people accused of robbery in the state's largest city were younger than 18. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say that's the most in any of the previous five years.
Nationwide, officials say younger offenders often don't realize the seriousness and danger of committing a robbery.
In Charlotte, about nine people are robbed daily, mostly at night and all over the city. Most of the assailants carry guns, or at least make the victim think they have one. The majority of victims are not injured.
Police in Charlotte have created a Street Crimes Task Force, targeted patrols in robbery-prone areas, and used federally funded overtime for detectives.