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UK Police Stop BMW Towing Stolen Travel Trailer, Discover Thief Is 11-Year-Old Child

Photo: North Yorkshire Police
Photo: North Yorkshire Police

When police in North Yorkshire, England received a call about a stolen travel trailer on Thursday, it likely seemed like a relatively straightforward case. They knew the trailer, or caravan as the Brits would say, was being towed by a darkly colored BMW X5 and were quickly able to track it down. When they finally stopped the car, however, the Guardian reports the coppers were in for a big surprise when they learned who the thief was — an 11-year-old boy.

The suspect’s name has not been released, presumably due to his age, but yes, you read that correctly. The mastermind behind the theft was a child not even old enough to watch a PG-13, movie. And based on what the police found, this was no spur-of-the-moment crime. Not only was he driving the X5 on false plates, but he also reportedly had several other plates inside the BMW, as well as other equipment used for stealing cars.