Yesterday, there was an alert about a stolen red Toyota Scion in Queens. And the driver was no ordinary car thief - it was the 12 year old son of the car's owner, who apparently left with his 7 year old brother in the car! Luckily pre-teen Kenny Rodriguez and his little brother Miguel Pepin were safe and sound when the police found them. But why drive off?
Their mother, Carolina Rivas, tells the Daily News that she "had had words with her older son about his behavior in school and with a baby-sitter when he returned to his Kew Gardens Hills home after school."
Then Rivas, who works the night shift as an emergency room technician at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, got ready to take a nap at 4 p.m.
"I told him to watch television," said Rivas. "I told him his aunt was on the way."
Rivas was awakened when her boyfriend and the aunt arrived about 5:30 p.m. By then, the kids, the keys and her 2006 Toyota Scion were all gone. Cops on foot, in squad cars and with tracking dogs launched a search in the area. The NYPD even contacted police in nearby Nassau County to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
Kenny had driven to his friend's house in Elmhurst (he even parallel-parked!), where the friend's older brother saw the news alerts about Kenny and the car and confiscated the keys. We imagine Rivas will be having some more words with Kenny.