SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy is no longer in the driver’s seat after Marin County deputies nabbed him driving a stolen reform school van.

Sheriff’s Lt. Barry Heying says the 4-foot-10-inch boy and his 14-year-old passenger were stopped near Sausalito early Sunday.

Heying told the Marin Independent Journal the boys fled St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael by stealing the van’s keys from a school staff office.

He says the boys gained access to the office by removing a window pane and then replacing it.

School staff spotted the van leaving the campus and notified authorities.

The boys were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft and taken to Marin County Juvenile Hall.

St. Vincent’s is a 60-bed residential school for troubled boys ages 7 to 19 run by Catholic Charities CYO.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. jim says:

    This is like a repeated flash back in time, my son was in St Vincent’s at age of 12yrs old, he had stolen a van as well. This boy will be apart of the system nts good sad tosay. HE will go to prison I’m sure. Wish the parents good luck.

  2. dan says:

    Give the boy to my father. He is a full father figure with strick rules. The kid will get alot of spanking if he is doing wrong things and not behaving him/her self. After hard discipline, he will grow to be a man.
    Because today he is in juvy, he is getting all his meals on time, roof over his head, shower and alot of rest… Juvy wont fix who he is. Get a whip and wip that kid a few times, that will break his ego/

    1. toby says:

      yeah i know that kid cause i used to go there and the staff their to try to intimidate the kids especially the on call phil jones so thats why he did it. im now going to get into the air forve and their services aren’t very goog its just an act to make it seem that way. and another kid had done that he got all five houses to steal vans and leave. the kid that took this van the 10 yr old is Tavier from West Point.

  3. MelMel81 says:

    WOW!! I have a 10 year old son and I can’t imagine my son doing some thing like this.. let alone him even knowing how to drive! See young kids hang around the wrong crowds now a days and grow up way too fast.. they need to be kids..

  4. Sean says:

    Wow. That reform school ain’t doin’ the trick I guess.

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