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Halloween candy heist lands 5 Va. teens in jail

Friday - 11/4/2011, 2:48pm  ET

WASHINGTON -- A Halloween heist in Woodbridge on Monday night left a couple kids candyless and few teenagers in jail.

Two younger kids were trick-or-treating before 9 p.m. on Halloween night when five older teens implied they had a gun and robbed the kids of their candy.

"When you imply a handgun and take property from someone -- it's armed robbery," says Jonathan Perok, a Prince William County police officer.

One of the charged suspects, 19-year-old Andre Diggs, lived around the corner from where the robbery took place. He is being held without bond. The other four suspects, ages 16 and 17, are being held in a juvenile detention center.

All face adult or juvenile versions of the same felony charge: Robbery and assault by mob. The maximum adult sentence for such a conviction is life in prison. A mob charge comes whenever the suspects outnumber the victims -- even if it was just for candy.

WTOP's Kristi King contributed to this report.

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