DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

Crimes committed by Florida's youth have made horrific headlines, but not every story is told in the news.

The actual number of juveniles committing crime in Florida is staggering. Nearly 60,000 kids are arrested every year, accused of everything from misdemeanors to murder. Almost a third of them are 14-years-old or younger.

A 15 year-old, who Local 6 agreed not to identify, was arrested after breaking into an Orlando home this summer. He told Local 6 his friends got him into that trouble, but it was his fourth arrest.

"(The officer) grabbed my arm and yanked me by my arm and put handcuffs on me. I asked him how long we going to sit here. He said, 'Just shut up. You ain't got nowhere to go," said the teen.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said he sees the pattern of crime repeat itself on a regular basis.

"The number one gateway to crime is truancy," said Chitwood.

Chitwood said it often starts with kids as young as 8-years-old.

"They go from truancy to getting locked up with a little bit of weed to stolen cars and then they morph into armed robberies, rape, attempted murders, shootings, so there's a whole big scale that goes that way," said Chitwood.

According to Chitwood, kids can slide down that scale in a matter of months. The problem usually starts at home, where many kids lack supervision and education, Chitwood said.

"You make an arrest and you'll be told by the [Department of Juvenile Justice], turn 'em back. We call it the catch and release program. You caught 'em, throw 'em back, next day he's stealing a car again," Chitwood said

According to the Department of Juvenile Justice, kids commit about 100,000 crimes in Florida each year. Nearly 25,000 are felonies, including 64 murders from 2011 to 2012.

The sheer volume of kids committing crimes is leaving parents and police desperate for help.

Two 13 and 14-year-old brothers who are accused of burglarizing a home were enraged at their mother when she agreed to tell Local 6 her story off-camera.

"How do you know this is not a set-up?" one of the boys said.

For her part, the mom said she has tried everything to turn her sons around.

"Every time the kids do something, (DJJ) let them walk right out and they're still doing the same thing on the street," the mom said.

Her sons started breaking the law when they were 10-years-old, and the system has failed to hold them accountable, she said.

"What if they kill someone? (Are) they going to walk free? They have to pay for what they do, but I think if there was a boot camp and you locked them up and you showed them the hard way at least one of the two of them will change their life around," she said.

Daytona Beach has launched a program to cut juvenile crime. Police said they've seen positive results through electronic monitoring and mentoring.

Police told Local 6 funding has been cut. Without as much funding, they said the laws need to change and the system needs to get tougher.

In fact, over the past five years, there has actually been a drop in juvenile crime. Much of that is attributed it to programs like the one in Daytona Beach.