10-year-old boy to be charged with auto theft

He may be charged for allegedly stealing, crashing van

Police expect to charge a 10-year-old Philadelphia boy with auto theft and related charges after they say he swiped a van then crashed it into five parked cars.


Authorities say the boy made it less than a block after stealing a van that was unloading furniture early Sunday afternoon in West Philadelphia.

Investigators say the boy grabbed the keys from the rear door and jumped in the driver’s seat. The brief joyride ended when the van crashed into the rear of a fifth parked car.

Though brief, the ride was certainly eventful, with the van hitting five parked cars. No injuries were reported.

When the stolen vehicle finally came to a stop, people rushed out to see what had happened, grocery worker Devante Gray told the Associated Press on Monday.

“At first, I had thought he had gotten hit” by a car, Gray said, adding that he was shocked to learn that the boy had been driving.

The boy, who was not named, was charged with juvenile counts of criminal mischief, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of an automobile.

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