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Cape Gazette NEWS TUESDAY MARCH 26- THURSDAY. MARCH 28. 2013 5. Teens Continued from page 1 A wild ride Theresa Holmes of Milford, another of Smith's sisters, said the gifts did not know what thw were up against when Smith re- fused to hand over her car keys and struggled before they took the keys from her. "To think of a 14- and 15-year- old girl doing that," she said. On March 25, Smith was re- covering at the Newark home of a niece after spending the week- end in Christiana Hospital. Niece Sabrina Carroll said Smith is walking and getting around well after treatment for swelling in her hands and a foot lnfection. The family is gathering for an Easter reunion, and Smith should return to her Slaughter Neck home in a day or so. "We have a lot to be thankful for," said Loper. "I'm telling you - she's tough as nails." Smith's ordeal began March 18 about 11 a.m. when lackeline and Iunia, both of Milford, asked if she would give them a ride home from the Chicken Man conve- nience store in Milford. Smith obliged, but the gifts did not get out at the first two Lincoln-area houses she drove them to. At a third stop, court records state, they demanded her keys. After a struggle, the girls took the keys to Smith's Buick Le Sabre and forced Smith into the car trunk, Fournier said. The girls drove around before they stopped in what Smith stat- ed in court records she believed to be West Rehoboth; the gifts demanded and forced Smith to give them $500 from her coat. On March 19, the girls picked up other friends, and they all spent the night at the Days Inn in Seaford while Smith remained in the trunk the whole time, with no food or water, Fournier said. The morning of March 20, court records state, the teens dropped Smith at  cemetery on Calvary Road, east of Seaford, where a visitor saw her crawl- ing on hands and knees and called police. Police found Smith confused and suffering from exposure; she wastaken to Nan- ticoke Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released, Fournier said. With the help of a relative, Smith went to police the evening of March 20 to tell them what happened. While she was at the Georgetown troop, police in Bridgeville stopped Smith's car on Chaplains Chapel Road with Junia, ]ackeline and three others inside, Fournier said. Teens charged Police arrested Iunia, Jack- eline, Rondaiges and Phillip as well as Deniaya E. Smith, 15, of Bridgeville. ]unia and ]ackeline were charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree carjacking, second-degree kidnapping and second-degree conspiracy. They were both committed to Steven- son House Detention Center on $122,000 cash bond. Rondaiges and Phillip were charged with second-degree kidnapping, receiving stolen property and second-degree conspiracy and committed to Stevenson House on $27,000 secured bond. The boys were charged with kidnapping be- cause at one point, Fournier said, the car trunk was open, and they saw Smith inside it. Daniaya Smith faces charges of receiving stolen property and second-degree conspiracy and was committed to Stevenson House on $2,000 secured bond. Police said all of the teenagers face felony charges. As a result, Jackeline Perez Junia McDonald R. Harper Phil ip Brewer Customer: Rehoboth business wrote bad check 1 Doors locked at When Guarneri asked for a re- The Rattan Company is not fund, he said Soluri wrote him a accredited with the Better Busi- Rattan Company check, but when he tried to cash ness Bureau. To contact the By Kara Nuzback knuzback@capegazette.com Sale posters hang in the win- dow and the hours of business are posted, but there are no signs of life at Rattan Company, a fur- niture store on Terrace Road in Rehoboth Beach. Some of the store's customers say they paid the store for fur- niture that was never delivered, and one customer says when he asked for refund, the owner wrote him a bad check. Heckessin resident ]ason Guarneri owns a home with his wife in Dewey Beach. He said he paid $1,558 for two chairs from Rattan Company in September and was told the chairs would be delivered from the manufacturer in 10 to 16 weeks. 'After 16 weeks, we called to follow up on our order, only to receive a message that their phone number was no longer accepting calls," Guarneri said. He said he and his wife then drove to the store to speak to the owner, Darcy Vollero. Guarneri said Vollero called the manufacturer, who told her the chairs were still on order. She also said she would call Guarneri back in a week with more details. "January comes and goes and we do not receive a call from the Rattan Company," Guarneri said. He said he drove to store again on Feb. 22, and spoke to Vollero's business partner, Cecelia Soluri, who told him the chairs were backordered. it, the bank refused. "Because of confidentiality laws, Fulton Bank would not tell Wells Fargo if the account was still open or if it had insufficient -funds in the account; they iust told them that the check was not good," Guarneri said. Guarneri said Soluri called him back March 2, and told him the check would clear in four or five days. Guarneri said he tried again to cash the check March 12, only to be told that the account was closed. "I am currently working with Visa to attempt to get my money back," he said. Guarneri said he has also filed a complaint with the Attorney General's Office. Other customers have post- ed complaints on the store's Facebook page, citing similar situations to Guameri's. The store's phone has been disconnected, and an email to the sales department went un- answered. Vollero did not return calls for comment. Guarneri said he filed a com- plaint with the Better Business Bureau and was told similar complaints about the Rattan Company had been filed. According to the Better Business Bureau website, two complaints have been filed against Rattan Company - a Feb. 26 complaint dealt with a problem with a product or service, and a Feb. 25 complaint dealt with an advertising or sales " issue. bureau, go to bbb.org. and because of nature of the al- leged crimes, the Cape Gazette has reported thexr names. According to court records, Phillip Brewer has additional previous charges. He pleaded guilty to felony robbery, burglary and conspiracy charges and was sentenced Dec. 18, 2012, to five years at level five incarceration, with credit for 150 days served. Further sentencing proceedings were deferred, and Brewer was placed in the custody of the Department of Correction to complete a boot camp diver- sion program followed by 18 months of probation. He also was sentenced to substance abuse treatment. On March 22, his bail.was increased by $25,000 cash for violation of probation. Brains not fully developed Psychologist Joseph Zingaro said crimes by teens against the elderly are very unusual. Impul- sive behavior causes teens to make bad iudgements, he said. "Kids get caught up in the mo- ment," Zingaro said. "It's doing very thoughtless acts without thinking of the consequences." Teen brains are not fully de- veloped, although teens may appear physically grown. Be- cause of that, Zingaro said courts take into account the age of the person when determining a sentence. * Donald J. Foraker, Jr., CPA * Certified Public Accountant and Business Advisor Our bookkeeping standards go beyond entering checks into software... 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