LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- Police say three teenagers arrested Friday are suspects in a series of robberies in La Crosse.
The break-ins happened over the last couple of months. The suspects were arrested Friday at the Logan-Central football game.
One of the suspects is a 16-year-old, who is being treated as a juvenile. The other two teens are 19-year-old Juan Winslow and 17-year-old DeAaron Appleton, who attends Logan High School, according to the attorney representing him Friday morning.
According to the police reports, Winslow, Appleton and the juvenile are suspects in at least two armed robberies. The reports state that the three suspects admit to membership in a gang and stealing from area homes.
The most recent robbery in which the three are suspected, happened around 4:00 Friday morning, at a home on 5th Avenue south. The victims told police five black men entered the home with guns, and stole cash, marijuana and other items. The police report states that one of the victims held at gunpoint was a 7-year-old child.
The report says the incident is similar to several other robberies in the area.
"We have at least two reports of home invasions with weapons used," said Brittney Cornillaud, a prosecutor for the District Attorney's Office. "The suspects admit that they are in the 'Get Money Boys' gang, that they research targets and pick people they think have drugs and money, for the last 2 months they've been doing this."
According to the police report, a girlfriend of one of the suspects told police the gang researches drug dealers in La Crosse, and that's how they decide who to target.
Judge Scott Horne said because of the serious allegations against both men, he would set a high cash bond of $25,000.
Winslow and Appleton are scheduled to return to court Tuesday. The District Attorney's Office says formal charges will likely come at that time.
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