Car thieves are getting younger and younger these days. A pair of brothers, ages five and two, decided to take their mom’s car for a little joyride, and they drove for miles before they crashed into an embankment. Apparently, 2017 is the Year of Children Stealing Cars.
The brothers, who hail from Putnam County, West Virginia, were playing in their front yard…or at least, that’s what their mother thought. According to the local Fox affiliate, the boys decided to visit their grandfather’s farm seven miles away. Instead of asking an adult to take them, they grabbed the spare key mom kept under the floor mat and stole mom’s car.
While the five-year-old worked the pedals, the two-year-old steered the car. The younger brother proved to be an excellent navigator — the boys made it down a windy road, an intersection, and a right turn before crashing into an embankment. Luckily, neither of them were hurt.
Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese told Fox that he is working with Child Protective Services to figure out how the boys stole the car. Their mother was completely unaware that her children, or her car, were gone.
Oh, and they were gone for an hour.
Besides potential criminal charges, the boys’ mother also needs to find a new place to live. The owner of the apartment complex where the car was stolen has evicted the family.”I have family that lives here,” Charlene Wiseman said to the Fox affiliate. “We have other tenants. Our children play out here. We’re not expecting anything like a runaway car coming by.”