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Cops: 12-year-old steals car from rental company

A 12-year-old boy who broke in to an Enterprise rental car business in Upper Darby on Friday and stole a 2011 Mazda, returned two days later to try to steal another set of wheels, police said.

Cops: 12-year-old steals car from rental company

Well, this isn't standard.

A 12-year-old boy who broke in to an Enterprise rental car business in Upper Darby on Friday and stole a 2011 Mazda, returned two days later to try to steal another set of wheels, police said.

Workers at the business on Garrett Road near Larchwood Avenue first noticed something was amiss when they opened Saturday morning and found the 2011 Mazda CX-7 missing and couldn't find the keys, said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

On Sunday morning, while the manager was alone at the rental company, he heard a noise and found the 12-year-old boy trying to break in to the business office through a window, police said.

The manager chased the boy and a responding police officer joined in the chase, Chitwood said.

The boy was eventually nabbed and police found a set of keys to the missing Mazda in his pocket. When they went to his block, they found the missing vehicle parked out front his house, police said.

"He was going back to steal another set of keys," Chitwood said. "At 12 years old, he's stealing cars and burglarizing. What's he going to be doing when he's 15?"

Chitwood said the low rider was charged with burglary, theft and related offenses and was released to his mother.

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