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The 11-Year-Old Criminal Mastermind
Published on February 14, 2012 by Sara Foss

Courtesy of the Albany Times Union comes an entertaining-yet-sad story about an 11-year-old kid who has been arrested twice in the past month, first for breaking into a local frame shop and stealing money from the register, and now for stealing a car and driving it ten miles.

Here's an excerpt:

"Sunday's incident was the boy's second felony arrest in 15 days.

The fifth grader, a wiry 5-foot-4, 120-pound child who police say looks older than 11, was arrested on Jan. 28 for allegedly breaking into a frame shop in Center Square and nearby parked cars.

'It's not like he's 16, or 15, or even 14,' Lavin said. 'And he would seem to be going from bad to worse.'

In both cases, police said the boy acted more like a seasoned criminal than a child more than three years away from his first day of high school."

This story prompted me to reflect upon the bad things I did in the fifth grade. Here's what I came up with: Occasionally I snuck onto the school grounds through the alleyway, which wasn't allowed, and I also enjoyed climbing up to the roof of the school. And that's it. I was a pretty good kid in the fifth grade.

The one advantage of becoming a criminal mastermind when you're 11 is that you have plenty of time to turn your life around. As much as I enjoy stories about 11-year-old thieves, I'm hoping Albany's budding young criminal gets his act together.

User Comments
Janice Magtalo | October 15, 2012 23:20

In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.

eva | February 16, 2013 11:39

This story prompted me to reflect upon the bad things also - a useful post for those to have majestic Criminal Mastermind)

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