Teenager arrested in Italian crime spree

Sept. 15, 2012 at 12:44 PM

MILAN, Italy, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Italian authorities said they locked up a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly on his way to becoming a notorious and dangerous career criminal.

An arrest warrant issued by Judge Marilena Chessa in Milan said the teenager, whose name was not released, represented a "very high and concrete danger to the community."

The youth nicknamed himself "the young Vallanzasca" after a notorious gangster from the 1970s, Italy's ANSA news service said.

The arrest warrant alleges the boy was behind a robbery spree that began six months ago when he turned 14.

He was arrested in a foot pursuit with officers that ended when he tried to jump from a third-story balcony.

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