It seemed like a routine stop. There was a fourteen-year-old boy driving a 2001 Toyota Avalon. When the officers checked the plates, the car was stolen. A search revealed a mask and a hatchet. What, you might ask, was a boy doing with a mask and a hatchet? The answer is home invasions. This is not an ordinary boy. He’s apparently been responsible for breaking and entering, various thefts and, embarrassingly, bicycle larceny.
Most of the time, it seems, he was less than ambitious, only stealing cigarettes, alcohol and cash. But he was malicious, damaging property. In one case, even spreading gasoline around. Of course, this is a crime spree by a juvenile so, after a short period of detention, he will be back out into the adult world, already a seasoned criminal. The statistics show a high rate of reoffending after time spent in juvenile hall. The youngsters learn how to commit crimes and not get caught (well, some of the time, anyway). So the moral of this story is for youngsters to grow older before they go joyriding. That way they are less likely to get caught driving and the license plates will not be checked.