12-Year-Old With 20 Prior Arrests Steals 89-Year-Old’s Car

12-Year-Old With 20 Prior Arrests
A 12-year-old Florida boy added to his rap sheet of over 20 arrests after stealing an 89-year-old man's car at a gas station. Photo by Alex Schmidt/Shutterstock

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Dec. 16 (UPI) — A 12-year-old Florida boy with a long rap sheet was arrested again after stealing a car in St. Petersburg.

The boy approached Raymond Raferty, 89, at a Chevron gas station and is seen talking to Raferty on surveillance footage before speeding off with his car.

The boy approached Raferty on his bike claiming that a tire on the passenger side was low on air and when he exited the vehicle to check, the boy jumped in the drivers seat and sped off.

“I get over to the other side and within two seconds he was off the bike, in the car and took off…screeching!” Raferty told WTSP News. “I was astonished, it just blew my mind that a kid that age would pull something like that in broad daylight.”

When police were able to apprehend the boy they were less surprised by his actions, as he had been arrested over 20 times since the age of nine.

Police say no one was hurt, but Raferty’s car was damaged during the incident.

“I think he got into a car accident,” Raferty told the Tampa Bay Times. “He probably couldn’t even reach the pedals.”


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