Teen Stole Car to Get Out of the Cold, Police Say

The boy was able to take off with the vehicle because its owner left the keys inside while meeting with an insurance agent, Joliet Police Cmdr. Al Roechner said.

A 14-year-old boy told police he wanted to get out of the cold when he stole a car in which the owner had left the keys inside while meeting with an insurance agent, Joliet Police Cmdr. Al Roechner said.

The teen told police he took the car at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday from the parking lot at 1350 W. Jefferson St., Roechner said. He struck another vehicle as he drove out of the lot, drove the car around for about five hours and then abandoned it on Kinsey Avenue, on the edge of West Park, he said.

As the teen and a friend walked away from the area, they were spotted by Rockdale police officer who knew them and decided to ask them what they were doing, Roechner said. The boy eventually admitted to taking the car, and Joliet police picked him up at the Rockdale Police Department.

The suspect, charged with motor vehicle theft, is being held at the River Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Joliet.

JtwnStunna October 23, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Little hooligans. Only 14 and cops already recognize you lol
T Loeper October 23, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Little hooligans. Yes, but the car owner is so stupid for leaving his keys in the car on Jefferson st. He mind as well said steel my car. He must think he lives in Mayberry.
JtwnStunna October 23, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Right, not the best idea. I don't live far from there and make sure my alarm is on at all times.
Patch reader October 23, 2013 at 08:42 PM
It doesn't matter if he/she left the keys in the car. If it isn't yours don't touch it. I am so sick of this BS of blaming the victims. I you didn't work for it - it isn't yours. This isn't a joke - hope they spend some time away to thing about it. If this were my kid and think leather belt would be used. People teach your children respect or except to spend loads of time in the court room. Don't defend bad behavior.
Patch reader October 23, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Ha you should have been around when I was a kid - if my dad undid the buckle it was coming across your azz. He was tough and we behaved.
Herc October 23, 2013 at 10:00 PM
I agree patch reader here lies the problem, no discipline. His attitude is you have it and I want it! So they just take it. Where's the parents at, sitting at the casino or watching TV anything but tending to their children. Then when they steal stuff the parents do nothing, heck they probably keep it and use the stuff there self! These muggings and robberies are getting out of hand, we need harsher punishments. This happened at 5:30 dinner hour why wasn't he home having dinner then doing his homework. He nothing but a 14 yr old thug that needs a good ass whipping. He should be made to do this mans yard work until he pays off the damages. Take responsibility for what he has done.
Dan October 24, 2013 at 07:52 AM
5 hours ? did he live in carbondale?
John Roberts October 24, 2013 at 08:05 AM
Insurance companies do not like to pay when ya leave your keys in the vehicle.Most don't cover it...It's getting cold,no work,and cost going up,with people's welfare that's getting cut...Everything you can scrap,or drive away better be locked up and tied down.
Matt B. October 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM
It is ironic that keys were left in the car outside an insurance agents office and the car was stolen. Whether the insurance company pays or not is up to them, but I do like the irony.
Dan October 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM
he must be pretty good at the game grand theft auto.
Robert Hernandez October 24, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Its always good to voice your opinion on here as a gutless nickname yes a gutless tough guy well I use my real name and some kids today not all and not limited to one ethnic background as some gutless no names on here often comment show no respect and whether the keys were in the car or not one should not have to worry about your vehicle being stolen by a child or anyone for that matter,my father was a loving father but also a discplinarian when me or my brothers were disrespectful to family or others and once again our fine local law enforcement doing a outstanding job both Rockdale and our very JPD!
Jimmy Magoo October 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM
You know how many Hernandez's there are? thousands...you might as well be john smith/John doe/Jim Jones etc...real name ? maybe? but it is so common nobody gives a SH i t .
Walt October 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Stole it to get out of the cold. Because that was easier than going home. What a crock.
Dan October 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM
roberto hernandez,did you tend bar at el cortez?
Robert Hernandez October 24, 2013 at 01:22 PM
My name is not Roberto but Robert Hernandez a life long Joliet resident and I have been active in my community for over 30 years addressing issues and speaking before various government bodies and I live on Westminster and I never heard nor even know where the bar El Cortez is,My father a life long Joliet resident and retired police officer always preached to me and my brothers to ecpress our oppinions but use are real names and stand up for what we believe in and with respect to this article I again congratulate our local law enforcement for doing a outstanding job in apprehending this child who committed a serious crime!
J. Ann October 24, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Although I do agree that it is ridiculous that this child took off with someone's car "to keep warm", and that he needs to understand he BROKE THE LAW and that it is unacceptable, and that his parents HOPEFULLY discipline and train him up right (i.e. to respect the property of others), yet we do need to be responsible and exercise wisdom---lock up yer stuff!! That's unfortunately the reality check here.
Patch reader October 24, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Mr. Hernandez you might want to have a chat with your retired police officer father regarding internet safety. Seriously do you think it is courageous to post on a blog with your real name? Each person posts their own opinions and speculations on articles. There are a few whacko's who take the comments to heart and freak out, there are others who bully, and still others who cry on their key boards. When I want folks to know who I am I post on the privacy of my facebook page (sarcasm)!
Ex Jolietian October 24, 2013 at 06:57 PM
The other day the Patch named the Sub Dock on west Jefferson Street in a news story about a mugging. Why not name the Insurance Company in this story?
Robert Hernandez October 25, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Patch reader I can see your point , but for me if im going to address a issue or comment on a article and express my opinions I have no FEAR of using my name or address and my father is well aware of my posts and he just shakes his head at others who use harsh language or racial comments and use fictitious names but I respect everyones opinions and so if people fear using their real name so be it but I will continue to use mine and again,Im proud of our local law enforcement on the fine job they are doing to protect our citizens even with being 50 police officers short because of budget constraints!
Charli October 25, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Our laws are extremely lenient on child offenders. Some tens broke in my house, stole all our belongings & spent a few hours in river valley. I spoke to one of the boys mother's & she said, "he is 16, what do you want me to do?" I they need the good old fashioned butt whipping that had my generation scared to step out of line too much! You didn't care let the teacher have to call home, getting arrested was unthinkable!


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