A viral video that runs on Monday shows a boy who goes to extremes to avoid being detected by Bend police.
The video, captured by a residential security system, shows a child running near the driveway of a single-family home in a dead end in South Bend before getting into one of the house's trash cans and closing the top. Seconds later, a Bend officer approaches and asks several nearby girls if they see a boy running. They say no.
Thirty minutes later, the boy leaves the trash can and runs away, apparently free of consequences.
But according to Bend's police spokeswoman, Lieutenant Juli McConkey, that boy and three others were contacted at their homes and charged with second-degree theft for allegedly stealing Walmart Pokemon cards.
On July 5, Walmart's loss prevention staff called the Bend Police Department to report that several children had stolen Pokemon cards from the store in South Bend. The store delivered security images and still images of the children that a Bend school resource officer used to identify them.
The boys, between the ages of 13 and 15, were not contacted until Sunday, when Walmart staff called Bend Police to report that the boys themselves had returned to the store and stole more Pokémon cards.
Police arrived, but by then the children hid somewhere in the store and played card games, McConkey said.
Finally they went out and were seen by the officers. The children ran, spilling into the surrounding neighborhoods, which is when the home security camera captured one of the children who evaded capture.
On Monday, the video had been viewed more than 1 million times.
The Bulletin does not usually identify suspects or accused of juvenile crimes.