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.
Okay, sorry, just kidding. Truthfully, children have been taught to be skilled thieves for centuries, but I still agree that someone under 10 should be held responsible for such actions.
But someone under 10 should be taken into custody and counseled before this becomes his whole life. A kid this smart needs to be show a better path before he thinks this is all he is good at.
Surely they could prosecute anyone telling him to steal? That's why you don't see kids stealing stuff everywhere, telling someone else to do it gives the same punishment as if you did it yourself.
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.