SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 13-year-old boy who police say is the perpetrator in a recent crime spree was taken into custody after he allegedly broke into a stranger’s home and fell asleep.
The middle schooler is now charged with multiple felonies, including evading arrest, auto theft and crashing into a house.
Police said it all started at the Target at the Crossings Shopping Center where surveillance video allegedly shows the boy driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee to the front of the store.
He is then seen running up to the doors and using a rubber mallet to smash his way into the store.
Seconds later, authorities say he filled a laundry basket with $10,000 worth of Apple products.
The video then shows him loading the stolen Jeep before going back into the store to reportedly steal expensive headphones.
A short time after the Target break-in, Officer Colton Gambil gets behind the stolen Jeep.
Dash cam shows the teen running over lawns and mail boxes and driving into a garage door where two cars were smashed.
The dash cam video then shows the middle school boy running away.
It’s then that Officer Gambil has to decide whether to chase the teen or try to get into the smashed garage and secure the scene in case there is a second suspect. He opted for the second option.
Over the dash cam, you can hear the officer speaking to the shocked homeowner who says, “Everyone’s ok. Just me and my two daughters. They’re pretty freaked out.”
Hours after the crash, nearby neighbor Kelly Watson found the boy asleep on her couch while she was up feeding her newborn at 3 a.m.
She told News 2 she didn’t know him.
“I have my newborn in my arms trying to figure out there’s a stranger on my couch. It’s 3 a.m.,” Watson said.
According to Watson’s husband, who called 911, the teen entered their home through a sliding glass door.
The boy, News 2 has learned, reportedly lives in the same neighborhood where the Jeep was stolen. It’s also the same subdivision where he crashed into the house and fell asleep on the Watson’s couch.
“We checked all of our stuff. Nothing was touched,” Watson said. “We are very thankful. We don’t know him, but we found out he went to a local middle school. It was a scary night for us.”
Police said the teen’s parents had no idea what their son was accused of doing.
The store merchandise stolen from Target was reportedly found at his home in the laundry basket he used to carry the items from the store.