11-Year-Old Car Thief Arrested

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(September 22, 2008)—It will be another five years before he's old enough for a driver's license, but police say that hasn't stopped an 11-year-old from stealing cars.

On Sept. 11, an employee at Mansel's Wheel Alignment, in Bryan, says he was test-driving a repaired vehicle when he noticed someone driving off in another car on the shop’s lot.

Police say the employee followed the vehicle to a Sonic restaurant, where an 11-year-old boy hopped out of the car and ran.

Employees say they caught the boy.

Police say he admitted stealing the car.

Five days later, Bryan police were called again after they say the same 11-year-old took off with another vehicle.

Mansel employees say he and the car were found at Stephen F. Austin Middle School.

They say officers told them it was the fifth car the Bryan boy had stolen in 30 days.

The child, whose name is not being released, was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the Sept. 11 theft and was taken to the Brazos County Juvenile Justice Center.

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