6 Crazy Crimes Committed by Kids
From stealing a cement mixer to hacking into a school's computer system
By Margeaux Klein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2016 8:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Kids do the darndest things. Parents have to expect the occasional bout of mischief from their young ones, but for a select few in the under-18 set, simply sneaking out of the house or toilet-papering the neighbor's house isn't enough. Instead, these kids end up with a mugshot to show for their hijinks:

  1. Maybe he has a future as a race car driver? A 13-year-old boy, along with his 8-year-old sister, led police in Michigan on a high-speed chase in 2015. The pair reportedly waited for their dad to fall asleep one night, then took his girlfriend's car for a joyride. "The deputy that was pursuing them did not expect to see a 13-year-old and an 8-year-old get out of a car and run away from the police," the sheriff said.
  2. A 13-year-old in Ohio wanted to make it rain at his school and reportedly stole $25,000 from his grandfather in order to redistribute the money to his classmates in $100 bills over spring break in 2015.
  3. An 11-year-old boy stole a cement mixer and led police on a 70mph chase. The event made big news in Dodge Center, Minn.. “Everybody was out with their cameras,” said one onlooker. “It was like a parade and I had no idea what was going on.”
  4. In 2015, a 14-year-old Florida eighth-grader hacked into his school's computer system, not to change his grades, but to put a photo of two men kissing as the wallpaper on the computer of one of his teachers. His reason? "To annoy him," said the teen. Some might call it a prank, but the sheriff of Pasco County charged the boy with a felony.
  5. Your sugar habit has nothing on this 9-year-old Ukrainian boy's sweet tooth. He reportedly stole $4,000 from his parents' life savings and spent it all at a candy store. No word on what degree of stomach ache resulted.
  6. An 8-year-old boy in Florida stole his mother's loaded gun in 2016 and tried to use it to rob a store. Unfortunately (or, perhaps, fortunately) for the miniature thief, the cashier didn't take him seriously and quickly disarmed him. Although he was initially charged with attempted armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault, charges were dropped on the condition that the boy attend a diversion program—and stay away from the store.
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