Missing 10-year-old Florida boy steals mom’s car for 200-mile joyride with sister

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A 10-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister stole their mom’s car and went on an early-morning joyride before they were caught more than 200 miles away from their Florida home, according to police.

The siblings’ adventure ended when deputies from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spotted a white sedan driving on I-75 in Alachua — near Gainesville — and pulled the car over around 3:50 a.m.

Because the vehicle was stolen, deputies conducted a “high risk traffic stop.”

But they were shocked when they found the young boy in the driver’s seat and his older sister beside him.

Photos from the scene released by the sheriff’s office show both children surrendering.

The kids both held their hands in the air as they exited the vehicle surrounded by police.


kids getting out of stolen car with hands up
Deputies pulled the car over around 3:50 a.m. on I-75 in Alachua.
Alachua County Sheriff/Facebook

A 10-year-old boy was caught behind the wheel of his mother's stolen car in Florida.
The two had driven three hours from their mom’s home in North Port.
Alachua County Sheriff/Facebook

The siblings were reported missing to the North Port Police Department, deputies learned. 

Their mother declined to press charges and made the three-hour drive to Alachua County to pick up her kids, according to the sheriff’s office.

No injuries or damages were reported.

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