Stolen truck may be tied to 9-year-old stowaway

7:04 AM, Oct 9, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Police in Minneapolis have released a report on a commercial truck stolen last Tuesday that appears to be tied to a 9-year-old who sneaked aboard a Delta jet just two days later.

Officers say the cube truck was stolen from a business called United Noodles Wholesale on the 200 block of Royalston Avenue in Minneapolis shortly before 2 p.m. October 1. A spokesperson from the company tells KARE 11's Boua Xiong that the driver of the truck came inside for 5 minutes to do paperwork, and left the truck running in the parking lot.

When he went outside the truck was gone, and a witness said a young boy had jumped in and driven off. Police soon received a call of a suspicious vehicle driven by "a kid." They then were alerted that the truck was turning onto I-35W.

State Troopers and Minneapolis Police pursued the vehicle until it crashed into an Edina Police squad car near 56th and Xerxes. Both the squad car and the truck suffered significant damage. Further investigation showed that the boy had also hit and damaged at least 10 other vehicles after he stole the struck.

Officers took the juvenile home to his parents.

Because the child is a juvenile his name is not on reports, but the time frame and previous reports of the boy's record suggest that he is the same child that slipped through TSA security at MSP International Airport, past a Delta gate agent and onto a flight to Las Vegas.

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