Nashville police say they have finally managed to identify and arrest a serial burglar stalking the streets…a 14-year-old boy in a go-kart, apparently.
The Daily Mail elaborates:
According to authorities, the suspect, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, broke into anywhere between 50 and 100 homes in northern Nashville over the past two years.
They say the 14-year-old was also suspected in multiple cases of vandalism and theft in the Hope Gardens, Buena Vista and Salemtown neighborhoods.
According to the TV station WKRN, the suspected teen bandit was arrested on Friday morning after a neighbor reported seeing him sneaking around a back alley. Police found a kitchen knife and a pair of gloves in his possession.
Police said the teen would scope out a house to target, kick in the back door, rush inside and steal video games, flat-screen TVs and whatever else he could lay his hands on.
‘He’s tested the waters and tested our resources, definitely,’ Metro Police Lieutenant Horace Temple told the TV station WSMV.
The youth is described an orphan in need of someone to look up to.
Temple explained: “The child didn’t have a mentor or any kind of guidance in his life, and it kind of led to the life of crime on the streets.”
But now, the boy faces a slew of serious charges including aggravated burglary, burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools.
“We work too hard for what we have, and then for someone to take it or destroy it from you, I mean, that’s not right,” a neighbor remarked.