Cops: Kid Who Won't Stop Stealing Cars Busted Again
He's only 12, has more than 20 arrests
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2015 7:54 AM CST

(Newser) – It might seem difficult to discern the thief in a grainy surveillance video, but police didn't have much trouble, per WFLA. After a boy made off with an 89-year-old man's vehicle in St. Petersburg, Fla., last week, police arrested a suspect they know pretty well: a 12-year-old who'd been arrested more than 20 times before, mostly for auto theft. Police say the boy told Raymond Raftery the air in his tires was low. When he got out to check, the boy "jumped off the bike and into the car and was gone in 30 seconds," Raftery tells the Tampa Bay Times. "I felt kind of dumb afterward, but it was broad daylight, and he was a kid." Police say the boy, who subsequently crashed the vehicle, also has burglary and robbery arrests on his record.