Teen 'Go-Kart Bandit' Busted for 100 Burglaries

Nashville cops say orphan was behind crime wave

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 7, 2012 1:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Nashville have busted a 14-year-old boy they believe caused a crime wave in the north of the city single-handedly. The teen—described by police as an "innovative individual"—is believed to have been behind more than 100 robberies over the last two years in which he kicked in back doors and stole TVs, video games, and whatever else he could grab before making his getaway in a go-kart, the New York Daily News reports.

The teen was arrested after he was spotted prowling through a back alley and has been charged in juvenile court with aggravated burglary, burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools, and loitering during school hours. Cops say that in a way, they feel bad for the teen, whom they describe as an orphan who lacked role models. "The child didn't have a mentor or any kind of guidance in his life, and it kind of led to the life of crime on the streets," a police spokesman tells WSMV.

The teen used a go-kart like this one to flee crime scenes, police say.
The teen used a go-kart like this one to flee crime scenes, police say.   (Getty Images)
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