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Sheriff's Officials See Rise In Juvenile Crime In Lolo

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Missoula County Sheriff's officials say their seeing an increase in the number of crimes in Lolo committed by juveniles. Sheriff's officials say in the last year or so, juveniles have created an issue nearly every single weekend in Lolo.

On Thursday, 15-year-old Breanah Couvillion said she's starting to see more and more kids her age finding ways to get into trouble.

"Some kids smoke pot, and some underage kids are smoking cigarettes," Couvillion said.

She said living in a town like Lolo, it's easy to see how teens could find themselves getting involved with the wrong crowds.

"I can see how they would get into trouble being in such a small town," she said.

Paige Pavalone with the Missoula County Sheriff's Office said the trouble some juveniles in Lolo are getting into go beyond drug use.

"Every single weekend, but one weekend indicated there was some kind of issue created by a juvenile, either one or two, or a small group of people," Pavalone said.

The crimes sheriff's officials are seeing is criminal mischievous cases, like vandalism and theft.

"It just seems there's a small band of kids that will come together, and it's either lack of supervision, and they just have a trend with being in trouble with law," Pavalone said.

She said this isn't the first time the sheriff's office has seen this type of crime in a Missoula County community.

"It's not that it's a bad community to live in, because it absolutely is not. The trend seems to be just every five years there's an uprise, where there's issues in a specific community in Missoula County," Pavalone said.

Pavalone said sheriff's officials are encouraging parents and schools to come together to make sure students have a place to be active after school and stay out of the wrong crowd.

"This is hopefully just a trend and hopefully just go away soon," she said.

If you'd like to get involved in keeping teens on the right track, sheriff's officials encourage you to get involved in their Neighborhood Watch program.

For more information, head to the Missoula County website.

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