FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) — A 10-year-old child was arrested and charged with felony burglary after stealing a bicycle while leaving his tricycle at the scene of the crime in order to get away successfully.
According to the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, a local woman had her bicycle stolen, along with her son’s air rifle.
Responding officers found the suspect, Daryl Pitts, near the victim’s home and in possession of a bicycle whose serial numbers matched those of the one that was stolen.
Daryl had returned to the scene of the crime on his tricycle after first taking the gun, which he left there in order to ride away on the bike.
The victim’s fiance saw Daryl after he returned to get his temporarily abandoned tricycle, and was able to describe him to authorities.
“[He] eventually admitted to stealing the … pistol from the garage … then returning later to steal the bicycle,” the incident report, provided to CBS Tampa by authorities, states.
He had initially claimed the bicycle, worth a reported $400, was his.
“I read the juvenile defendant … his Miranda Warning in the presence of his stepmother,” the report adds. “[He] knowingly and intentionally committed burglary to an occupied dwelling by entering the garage on two separate occasions.”
Daryl was ultimately released to his stepmother.