VIDEO: 10-year-old steals, crashes van; tries to run

By Stephanie Grimes | Posted - Oct. 1, 2012 at 8:49 p.m.



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PHILADELPHIA — A 10-year-old West Philadelphia boy has been charged with criminal mischief after allegedly stealing a van Sunday and crashing it into five parked cars.

The boy, whose name was not released, took the keys from the rear door of a white Ford van from which furniture was being unloaded, authorities told WFMZ.

He made it less than a block before hitting five parked cars, coming to a stop at the rear of the fifth vehicle.

There were no injuries in the incident. Residents detained the boy until police arrived, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer.

The incident was captured on security cameras at Arnett Woodall's Produce, according to NBC Philadelphia.

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"I told the man to hold him and to not let him get away," Woodall told the station. "I had customers all over the place. Everyone just converged on him. He just stopped and gave up."

The boy reportedly has a history with police, but has been too young to arrest. Woodall said the boy used two fake $20 bills two years ago at his and a neighboring business.

He has been charged as a juvenile for theft and criminal mischief and was being still being held at a detention center as of Monday. Witnesses to the accident said they were shocked at what had happened.

"I was kind of taken aback," said Lisa Jones, whose car was hit. "I mean,10-years-old! He's going to need some kind of help. From my understanding it's not the first time he's been in trouble."

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