Most People Don't Steal Their First Car Until They're 15

Most People Don't Steal Their First Car Until They're 15

By Jeff Wagner. CREATED Jul 16, 2014

On June 14th, a 9-year-old West Bend boy and his 4-year-old nephew ( yes, nephew)  stole a car from a local boat dealership and drove down Highway 33 headed for West Bend.  Other motorists saw the child behind the wheel and were able to bring the car to a stop.  No action was taken against anyone in connection with the car theft.

Last Sunday, the same pair stole a car from the 9-year-old's step father in West Bend and ultimately drove it into a ditch. Neighbors are understandably concerned that the next time the kids boost a car, they'll kill someone before they can be caught.

The mother of the 9-year-old is the grandmother of the 4-year-old (making the two kids uncle and nephew).  As an aside, I have assured my brother and sister-in-law that I have no plans to take my 7-year-old nephew along with me next time I go on a car theft spree. 

Authorities are now considering child neglect charges against the mothers of the two boys. They are also considering similar charges against the live-in boyfriend of the mother of the 9-year-old.

Yeah, I know that the second car was stolen from the step-father of the 9-year-old (who apparently is different than the live-in boyfriend of the mother of the 9-year-old).

Wow, in the words of Jimmy Buffett, talk about life being as messy as a day old sticky bun. I wonder if they have name tags and diagrams at family reunions?

In any event, during the 1 p.m. hour of Wednesday's radio program, we'll discuss whether child neglect charges against the parents are appropriate in a case like this?

Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the segment.


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Jeff Wagner recently completed his 15th year as a talk show host at 620 WTMJ. Jeff's show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff's common sense approach to issues.