Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Nashville Go Cart Bandit Arrested After Robbing 100 Homes

Nashville Go Cart Bandit Arrested After Robbing 100 Homes

The Nashville go-cart bandit was arrested Friday after burglarizing up to 100 homes over the span of two years, according to police.

Nashville's go-cart bandit was arrested only because he was caught red-handed by a neighbor while attempting to sneak into more houses. The 14-year-old Tennessee teen was found with a knife, kitchen gloves, and his infamous getaway go-cart- the reason for his moniker.

"He's tested the waters and tested our resources, definitely," Metro Police Lt. Horace Temple told WKRN. "He was an innovative individual."

The go-cart bandit's innovation wasn't in his crimes- stealing flat screen TVs, video games, and whatever else he could carry certainly isn't new- but in the way he planned and executed the thefts. The unnamed minor would hit a slew of houses at once, using back alleyways to move from one property to the next with relative speed.

In addition to burglaries in Nashville, Tenn., the minor- whose name will not be released due to his age- is also suspected of vandalism in and thefts in Hope Gardens, Buena Vista and Salemtown.

The go-cart bandit has been described by police as an orphan; the kind of lifestyle he was born into could be at least partially responsible for his crimes.

"The child didn't have a mentor or any kind of guidance in his life, and it kind of led to the life of crime on the streets," Temple explained.

The go-cart bandit is all too familiar with the law and the system; previously, he was found guilty of a Nov. 7 burglary in Antioch. Now that police have caught up to him again, he has confessed to robbing two properties October of last year.

Among the charges the go-cart bandit faces are aggravated burglary, burglary, theft, possession of burglary tools, and loitering during school hours, according to the New York Daily News. Authorities were able to link the juvenile delinquent to crime scenes through fingerprints they found on stolen goods.

The go-cart bandit is currently out on bail.


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