12-year-old arrested 20+ times, arrested again for stealing elderly man’s car

Surveillance image shows the vehicle stolen from a 89-year-old man. / WFLA
Surveillance image shows the vehicle stolen from a 89-year-old man. / WFLA

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) — A 12-year-old boy who has been arrested more than 20 times was arrested again on Monday. St. Petersburg police say he stole a car from an 89-year-old man.

On Friday, 89-year-old Raymond Raftery was driving his Toyota when a 12-year-old boy on a bicycle told him that his tire was low on air. Detectives said when Raftery pulled up to an air pump and got out of the car, the boy ditched his bike, jumped in the car and drove off. Raftery was not injured.

Detectives said the theft happened at 11:00 a.m. and was captured on surveillance video.

A St. Petersburg Police Department detective recognized the boy and he was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with grand theft motor vehicle. Detectives said the boy has been arrested more than 20 times.

Police said they do not have any other similar cases, but they want the public to be aware of this latest auto theft scheme.

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