APD: 12-year-old steals two cars in a week

Albany police said they had arrested a 12-year-old early Sunday morning for allegedly driving a stolen car and then leading officers on a short chase through Pine Hills.

Unusual enough... but there's more. The APD says this same kid was also arrested for driving a stolen minivan last Tuesday. The department had gotten a call around 1 am on November 30 about a vehicle "driving all over the road" near Quail and Central. The APD says officiers eventually nabbed the kid about eight blocks away in West Hill.

The APD says the 12-year-old is a resident of the LaSalle School on Western Ave (the school across from St. Rose). They say the kid told them he had taken to key to minivan from the school nurse's office.

The full release is after the jump.


12 year old steals cars twice in a week

Albany police arrested a 12 year old for stealing a car twice in one week and in one of the stolen cars led police on a brief pursuit before being caught.

The boy, whose name is not being released, was first charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Petit Larceny on November 30. On that date just before 1:00 a.m. police had received a call for a blue minivan near Central Avenue and Quail Street that was driving all over the road. Patrol officers located the car in front of 456 Livingston Avenue. The officers found the 12 year old inside the minivan.

The minivan was stolen from the LaSalle School on Western Avenue earlier in the day. The 12 year old is a resident of the school and was reported missing as well. He told officers that he took the ignition key from the nurse's office. He was turned back over to the school and given an appearance ticket to Albany County Family Court.

He was located in a second stolen car this past Sunday morning. A patrol Sergeant spotted the stolen vehicle being driven by the boy at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Ontario Street just before 1:00 a.m. When he went to pull the car over the boy drove off and a short pursuit ensued. He drove down Madison Avenue and turned onto South Lake and then headed up Morris Street before stopping the car and jumping out. The patrol Sergeant chased him on foot and caught him a short distance from where he stopped the car.

The car, a Honda Accord, which was reported stolen the day before, was returned to the owner. The boy was charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 3rd. He was turned back over to LaSalle School and will be arraigned in Albany County Family Court.


And they say kids today have no motivation...

Wow. I, uh...I'm speechless.

I don't see this going further than the boy going back to the LaSalle School. If he's got enough going on that he's already a resident at age 12, juvenile is only going to make it worse. At least at LaSalle, there are mental health services and some protection from older children. Juvenile Detention is notorious for being understaffed. AOA, keep us posted, will you?

It's fun to do bad things.

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