SALEM, N.J., June 10 (UPI) -- Police in southern New Jersey say five teenagers held for a home invasion robbery acted as a gang rather than a movement and would be charged accordingly.
The youths are suspected members of Salem's Mid-Town Mafia and were picked up moments after they allegedly robbed a family of four at gunpoint in their home during the weekend.
"MTM have billed themselves as a movement and a music group," said Police Chief John Pelura. "However, when a group of people engage in criminal activity, it isn't a movement. It's a gang."
Today's Sunbeam in Salem, N.J., reported Wednesday the suspects, ages 14 to 17, were facing charges including gang criminality and could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison if charged and convicted as adults.
The suspects remained in a juvenile detention facility pending further proceedings.