"Artful Dodger" Thief is an 8-Year-Old Boy!

A thief in Hull, England, has been given the moniker "Hull's Artful Dodger" after stealing more than £1,850 of cash and goods in just a couple of weeks. The police finally got their break when a CCTV caught the thief in action ... and here's the surprise: the "Artful Dodger" is just 8 years old!

A boy dubbed 'Hull's Artful Dodger' looks set to escape punishment because he is only eight years old.

Detectives believe they know the identity of the boy who has been involved in at least five distraction thefts at businesses and charity shops across the city.

But officers say they are unable to prosecute him when they catch up with the youngster, because he is under the age of criminal responsibility, which is 10.


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sw - That's what I was going to say. Obviously something is going on at home to encourage this behavior. However, I remember seeing a program about child theives and pretty much the police officers tell them "Don't do that again" and send them off on their way.
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Oh, and yes, the people behind it will get done for ading and abetting, incititement, child neglect and half a dozen other things up to and including not having a TV license.
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Oh, don't worry, just 'cos he can't be prosecuted doesn't mean he'll just walk away when he's caught. If it's his parentes behind it (and it's hard to see how it wouldn't be, at least tacitly) then he'll either end up in care or there will be some heavy duty intervention.

Of course - stories of it all going wrong and being mishandled abound, but in reality for the most part it works, which is probably all any society can claim.
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