A 9-year-old boy stole a bus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Saturday morning. The young boy was wearing pajamas when he jumped in the driver’s seat of the city bus which was left running at a garage. The maintenance worker who left the bus running stepped away from an unknown amount of time — but it was enough time for the child to climb in and drive off. According to Huffington Post, the boy made it about three blocks (which is actually impressive) before he crashed. Fortunately, no one was injured.
“The bus came to a stop after it bumped into a truck and another city bus. Nobody was injured, though the bus suffered a cracked windshield and broken mirror.”
The 9-year-old boy took the bus on a whim… at least that’s what it sounds like. According to Police spokesman Sgt. Ryan Smith, the boy saw an opportunity, and he went for it. Softpedia suggests that the boy was “too young” to realize that what he was doing was wrong. However, most people would disagree. By age 9, most children would know that stealing a car (never mind a bus) is wrong. It is safe to say that the boy knew he wasn’t supposed to steal a bus… that he wasn’t supposed to take it for a ride down the street… but you can agree to disagree if you’d like.
What seems the most fascinating is that the boy was able to drive the bus. At age 9, most kids wouldn’t be tall enough to reach the pedals with their feet and hang on to the wheel with their hands. Also, how did this young boy know how to shift the bus into gear? There are a lot of unanswered questions still surrounding this case, but it’s unknown if police are still investigating.
The 9-year-old boy that stole the bus will not face any criminal charges because of his age. It is unknown if his parents will be held responsible for any damage that has been done.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, a 12-year-old boy recently took a school bus for a joyride for a second time. The Florida pre-teen jumped in a bus for a second time the day after he was in court facing charges for the first.
“In the first incident, the pre-teen was charged with grand theft of an item worth more than $100,000 and felony criminal mischief along with grand theft for a missing student recognition device worth about $2,000.”
It is unknown what the boy was charged with for his repeat offense.
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