In Forsyth County and across Georgia, theft is a serious offense. This is especially true if it is car theft. Sometimes, these charges are brought against juveniles. Regardless of the reason they occur, it is imperative to understand the long-term consequences that anyone - even teens - can face if they are convicted and penalized for stealing a motor vehicle.
According to recent reports, a teen was accused and charged with stealing a man's rental vehicle, a 2019 Ford Taurus. The suspect is 15-years-old. The vehicle theft incident occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. The suspect was arrested on separate charges and later accused of the vehicle theft. He is charged as a juvenile. The accusations include hijacking a vehicle and aggravated assault. When the man told law enforcement that the vehicle was stolen, he said there were two people who committed the act. A second teen was found, but he was not accused of taking part in the theft.
The theft allegedly happened at a gas station. The victim was waiting for his uncle to come out of the bathroom. One of the teens reportedly got into the vehicle. As the man attempted to get the teen out of the vehicle, he was punched and fell. The teen drove off and ran over the man's leg when doing so. He refused medical treatment. In addition to these charges, the arrested teen also allegedly violated a ban on riding e-scooters after 9 p.m. The investigation is continuing.
For anyone charged with theft, the allegations are serious and can result in jail time and other extensive penalties. If it is a person under the age of 18, it can have a negative impact on their entire life even if they are not charged with theft as an adult.