A 14-year-old boy terrorized Nashville homeowners with a go-kart. Hit the jump for the full story.


Daily Mail – Police in Nashville are breathing a sigh of relief this week after they say they finally managed to capture a notorious serial house burglar – a 14-year-old boy.

According to authorities, the suspect, whose name is not being released because he is a minor, broke into anywhere between 50 and 100 homes in northern Nashville over the past two years.

They say the 14-year-old was also suspected in multiple cases of vandalism and theft in the Hope Gardens, Buena Vista and Salemtown neighborhoods.

According to the TV station WKRN, the suspected teen bandit was arrested on Friday morning after a neighbor reported seeing him sneaking around a back alley. Police found a kitchen knife and a pair of gloves in his possession.

Police said the teen would scope out a house to target, kick in the back door, rush inside and steal video games, flat-screen TVs and whatever else he could lay his hands on.

‘He’s tested the waters and tested our resources, definitely,’ Metro Police Lieutenant Horace Temple told the TV station WSMV.

In a creative twist, police said the juvenile perpetrator used a go-kart as his getaway vehicle.

‘He was an innovative individual,’ Temple said.

In a way, officers said they feel bad for the suspect, whom they have described as an orphan who was in need of someone to look up to, according to WSMV.

‘The child didn’t have a mentor or any kind of guidance in his life, and it kind of led to the life of crime on the streets,’ Temple said.

This is not the teen’s first run-in with the law. He was previously convicted for the November 7 break-in at an apartment in Antioch.

Now, the 14-year-old faces a slew of serious charges, among them aggravated burglary, burglary, theft and possession of burglary tools.

Investigators said in many of the cases, they linked the teen to the crimes through fingerprints or the items they found inside his home.

They said he also admitted to robbing two homes on October 28, 2011.