A Minneapolis resident has been making a mockery of law enforcement. He had previously been arrested for stealing a car, and has been known to sneak into water parks. Then later, he snuck on a Delta plane to Las Vegas without a boarding pass. The day before, he took someone else’s luggage from the baggage claim, took it to a restaurant where he enjoyed a meal, then ditched the luggage and the check.
Oh, and he’s 9 years old.
He actually chatted up an airport worker just before he boarded the plane. Then, when she was distracted, the 9 year-old boarded the plane. Genius. In Vegas, he was met by police, who took him to a foster home. He was “violent” and “uncontrollable” at first, but eventually he accepted that his Vegas adventure was not to be, and he settled down.
We only know so much about the mischievous thief (see, you do all the same things as an adult and you’re a criminal, at 9 you’re just mischievous). His mother works at the Minneapolis Airport where he stowed away to Vegas, and authorities are investigating whether she may have helped him with any of his stunts. It’s also possible that after spending enough days with mom at her place of work, it eventually dawned on the young man that airports are some of the most boring places on Earth, and he would have to entertain himself by stealing luggage and sneaking onto flights.
Another reason it seems unlikely his mom was involved: why risk your job to send your 9 year-old to the seediest city in the U.S. alone? I’m not a parent, but that seems unlikely. Far from accomplices, his parents seem to have their hands full.