A boy stole a car for a joyride in Sweden. Not much for news, except that the gun he was toting was a toy.
A 9-year-old boy armed with a toy gun pointed his “weapon” at witnesses, shouting, “it’s loaded” before breaking into and stealing a parked car in Kortedala, Sweden, according to the Huffington Post. The gun is believed to be an airsoft gun, which shoots BB’s, and for all intents and purposes (orange tip notwithstanding) it looks like a real gun, and coupled with the boy’s actions, shocked witnesses.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Jan Jentzell who works for Poseidon, the property management firm that owns the car. “I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s also so tragic…he’s so young.”
Unfortunately, the 9-year-old boy didn’t pick his car very judiciously. He snatched up an electric car which tops out at about 18-miles-per-hour. Not exactly the 1970 Dodge Challenger getaway car of cult-films Vanishing Point and Death Proof fame.
Concerned motorists engaged in a medium-to-low speed chase after the boy, reports thelocal.se. “From what I understand, they had a good overview of things and honked their horn so that other cars stopped when he came,” said Jentzell. A bystander grabbed the boy and restrained him until Swedish authorities arrived to round him up. He won’t be facing any charges, simply because he’s too young.
ABC reported a similar case a few days ago, in which an 11-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico boy stole a car and went on a joyride, which was caught on tape. Unlike his Swedish counterpart, the New Mexico boy and his friends will face juvenile charges.