Two Boys Arrested After Stealing Ft. Myers, Fla., Tow Truck

Nov 16th, 2010 | By | Category: National News

Two boys have been arrested after stealing a North Fort Myers, Fla., owner’s tow truck Sunday, Nov. 14, according to a news report.

Auto shop owner Joseph Bocchino woke up early Sunday morning to see a tow truck being stolen from his business’ yard next door. Bocchino got into his car and chased after the truck, the report states, calling 911 while on the road.

Bocchino says the truck was going about 70 miles per hour and swerving all over the road, with the beacon lights flashing, making him think it was a drunk driver.

After turning into a residential area, the truck swerved into oncoming traffic, hitting mailboxes and finally running into a tree, according to the report. Resident Ronnie Collins was standing outside and heard the crash, according to the report.

The thieves were two young boys, ages 10 and 13, who have not been identified because of their age. The boys’ mother requested the boys be arrested, the report states, to teach them a lesson.

Bocchino damaged his own car while trying to avoid the swerving tow truck. The truck, which belongs to a Lee County deputy, was also damaged in the hood, fender and door areas, the report states.

Bocchino says this is the second time in two months that a vehicle has been stolen from his lot. The first time the van that was stolen was found near the boys’ house. No one was arrested for that theft.