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

(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.

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Ellie Oaks
Jun 23, 2014 5:10 PM CDT
Burglary can happen anytime because criminals are to be found everywhere right? So what's the big deal with this? Of course, basically it's all about your safety! What if you witness personally burglars breaking into your house and practically you would get hysterical and with that I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have an ample amount of time to call help and most impossibly would be to call 911 right? So with this situation, I came to a thought of looking for some app which would help me in times of emergencies like this and fortunately I found Safetrec and Safekidzone at Google Play which happens to be available at all app stores. Just a click would save me you from harm, trust me. Simply click this links to know more. http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home and www.safetrec.com
May 8, 2012 3:47 PM CDT
Even though a criminal, the kid sure is talented.. Hope he can somehow turn his life around and find something positive to do with those skills...
May 7, 2012 2:47 PM CDT
"Loitering during school hours" is a crime???