A 10-year-old Daytona boy has been found in connection to 4 vehicle thefts and burglaries within the last six weeks. He has been sentenced to 30 days in juvenile detention.
The 10-year-old cut off his ankle monitor just 6 hours after his prior arrest for grand theft auto, only to go out and immediately repeat the same offense.
The youth, who’s mother claims has fallen in with the wrong crowd, had no previous run ins with the law before about two months ago. Since that time, he has added four arrests to his credentials.
His initial arrest in June came after stealing a vehicle and leaving it in a Daytona Beach Target parking area. Police were able to find and apprehend him while he was still in the store.
On July 13, he was captured along with another individual on security video, burglarizing a vehicle and stealing money from a purse before throwing it over a fence.
The police used surveillance video to aid in tracking down a car stolen from Azza Motors, and later found seven sets of vehicle keys with the youth(and several others), stolen from the same business.
Sgt. Tim Ehrenkaufer has investigated the boy since his first arrest, saying that the boy was “flashy.” He added that the boy’s “look-at-me attitude” is not common with children his age.
One officer who was questioned regarding the boy, rejected the thought that the youth must appear to be much older than 10. She claims he looks his age, but hangs out with teens much older, in the 15-16 year-old range. The older boys are not known to associate with such a young child, but for some reason they decided to allow him join in on their auto thefts.
The officer went on to say that the last known stolen car the 10-year-old drove had the seat pulled up so far that it was almost against the steering wheel.
Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri believes that there is still hope for this boy and others like him. “The mom’s asking for help. The mom can’t control the kid, she needs help. We’re going to do what we can to help her out. I think this kid can be saved because he’s so early, at such a young age and just started getting in trouble in the last few months.”