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ATLANTIC CITY — A 12-year-old boy was charged Wednesday evening with stealing his grandparents’ car after he allegedly crashed it into another car and then drove away.

At 6:55 p.m., officers responded to Massachusetts and Mediterranean avenues for a hit-and-run crash and found a 20-year-old Mays Landing man injured and extensive damage to his car, police said in a news release.

The driver, who was not identified, was hit by a Chevrolet Cruze that had driven away, leaving the license plate behind, police said. The driver was taken to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus.

Officers responded to several calls for reports of the Cruze driving erratically, and that it was driven by a young juvenile before the crash, police said. Officers weren’t able to find the car but went to the registered owner’s address in the 100 block of North Delaware Avenue, where they determined a 12-year-old had taken the keys and stolen the car.

The boy, who was not identified and not injured in the crash, was charged with unlawful taking of means of conveyance and numerous motor vehicle summonses, and stayed in the custody of his grandparents with a future court date.

Contact: 609-272-7241 mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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