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He's back: 12-year-old boy who swiped 2 school buses allegedly steals pickup truck

Michael Propst is now facing another count of grand theft auto.
By Evan Bleier   |   Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM   |   Comments

SPRINGFIELD, Fla., Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A 12-year-old Florida boy who stole school buses on two separate occasions earlier this summer is allegedly up to his old tricks.

Michael Propst is facing another charge of grand theft auto after allegedly swiping a pickup truck from a neighbor after first unsuccessfully attempting to steal a go-kart.

Propst had just completed serving 21 days in juvenile detention, his second stint this summer.

"Juvenile Justice called and told me 'In case you're not aware, he's on the loose again,'" Springfield Police Chief Philip Thorne told WJHG.

Authorities were able to use Facebook to determine that Propst was driving to meet a friend in Dothan.

Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Propst while he was cruising toward the Alabama state line.

According to Thorne, Propst also admitted to trying to steal his mother's car.

"When he's facing something he doesn't like, he lashes out by running and stealing things," Thorne said of Propst. "We've tried asking him to see if there's something, and I would hope and assume that somebody at DJJ, while he's been incarcerated, would have tried to counsel him, but apparently he's not ready to open up to whatever his issues are and seek help or seek change."

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