12-year-old boy arrested 20+ times, arrested again for stealing 89-year-old man’s car

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

On Friday, Dec. 11, Raymond Raftery, age 89, was driving his Toyota, when a 12-year-old boy on a bicycle told him that his tire was low on air. Detectives say 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 say the theft happened at 11:00 a.m. at 4890 22 Ave. S. 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 say the boy has been arrested more than 20 times.

Police say 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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