Prank theft becomes felony for 2 out-of-school, cart-riding 13-year-old boys

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Stock photo of an electric handicap accessible shopping cart in a parking lot

Two 13-year-old Peachtree City males are in hot water after being charged with felony theft by taking for stealing and destroying an electric mobility shopping cart from a grocery store on the city’s south side.

The incident began at approximately 12:43 p.m. on Sept. 21 at the Publix store on Ga. Highway 74 South.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Chris Hyatt said the two 13-year-old males stole one of the store’s electric mobility shopping carts.

Initially reported by a neighbor who saw the boys on a golf cart carrying the store’s electric mobility shopping cart, the officer investigating the incident found the shopping cart smashed and destroyed in someone else’s yard, Hyatt said.

The boys admitted playing with shopping carts at the store, and being confronted by the manager, Hyatt said, adding that they subsequently stole the electric shopping cart and drove off with it on the back of the golf cart.

The two boys after the investigation were released to their parents, police reports said.

Along with the charge of felony theft by taking, Hyatt said other charges against the two are pending.

Though Sept. 21 was a school day, one of the boys was on school suspension and the other missed the school bus and went to his friend’s house rather than going to school, Hyatt noted.

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  1. I fully expect that these two THUGS IN TRAINING will most likely be LOCKED UP in BIG BUBBA’S PRISON as soon as they turn eighteen years old and they can be held FULLY RESPONSIB:E for theit CRIMINAL MISBEHAVIOR! The indicators for FUTURE LIVES OF CRIME are already firmly in place and clearly evident.

  2. Though Sept. 21 was a school day, one of the boys was on school suspension and the other missed the school bus and went to his friend’s house rather than going to school, Hyatt noted.

    The two boys after the investigation were released to their parents,…..

    Well, that says a lot.

    • Geeze Cyclist…the store manager already confronted them…I’m just not seeing the “master mind thief” thing working for these 13 year old knuckle heads. Man, I hope this is a life lesson for these boys.
      They need to “scraton’ up”….Maybe they thought “They wuz Kangs”.

        • Most well adapted adults got in some form of trouble as children. It’s a sad sad individual whose childhood didn’t contain at least one significant adventure. Also, I don’t know what kind of poor parenting you experienced growing up, but if I had ever done something like this the worst possible punishment would be being handed back to my parents.

          If you want to know who the biggest negative influence is on children, it’s the government run public schools. Parents are lucky to get 3 hours a day with their children.

          • PTCitizen

            It’s a sad sad individual whose childhood didn’t contain at least one significant adventure.

            So a a felony charge along with two other charges would fit your definition of a significant adventure during one’s childhood? Then we can agree to disagree.

            Parents are the ones that instill a value system in their children much like the outcome you acknowledged with your parents. I suspect the parents of these kids are not the same ilk as your parents or mine.

            As for the public school and the negative influence; that becomes a problem only when parents allow schools to become a surrogate parent. In other words, they chose not to be a parent.

            To your statement “I don’t know what kind of poor parenting you experienced growing up” I have no idea how it’s relevant in the conversation.