13-year-old in grandmother's stolen car captured 200 miles away

LAKELAND, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Sheriff's deputies captured a 13-year-old who stole his grandmother's car and drove hundreds of miles.

Deputies caught the teen in Lakeland, Tennessee, on Thursday morning.

Officials said the car was stolen from Saline County, Arkansas--nearly 200 miles from Lakeland.

The car was stopped at Chambers Chapel Road and I-40 in Lakeland after Arkansas authorities alerted Shelby County deputies of the car's location. OnStar tracker helped law enforcement track down the car.

Deputies said the boy was heading to Connecticut to visit his girlfriend.

Inside the car along the interstate, it appeared the teen took his grandma's purse on the front seat, along with liquor and wine in the floorboard.

SCSO said the teen told them he'd been involved in a disagreement with his grandparents. Once found, the grandparents headed to Memphis to pick him up.

"Certainly anyone that has someone they love that's 13 years old, you want to find them as quick as possible especially if they're out on the interstate at night," SCSO spokesman Earle Farrell said.

The car was towed away and the boy was taken into custody in juvenile court.

Farrell recommends locking up your keys.

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