Armed boy, 9, steals electric car

June 28, 2012 at 2:16 PM

KORTEDALA, Sweden, June 28 (UPI) -- A Swedish company said a 9-year-old armed with what was believed to be an air gun stole an electric car and drove around for about 10 minutes before crashing.

Jan Jentzell of Poseidon, the property management company that owns the car, said the boy waved the realistic-looking gun at passersby who saw him unsuccessfully attempting to break into a different car parked in Kortedala, a suburb of Gothenburg, The Local.se reported Thursday.

Jentzell said the boy then turned his attention to another car, which turned out to be Poseidon's electric car. The 9-year-old drove the vehicle, which has a top speed of about 18 mph, for about 10 minutes before crashing in a roundabout, witnesses said.

He was grabbed by a bystander and held until police arrived.

Police said the boy is too young to face charges and the case has been referred to social services.

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