Police say boy, 13, stole cruiser

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after officers say he did some patrolling of his own in a stolen police car.

Dillon Police Sgt. Jason Turner told the Morning News of Florence that officers didn't even know the car was missing until residents reported seeing the boy driving it Sunday. The boy had done the same thing the previous Sunday, Turner said.

Turner said the boy had watched someone enter a security code on a police department door, memorized it and used it to get into the building to take the keys to the vehicle. The boy, whose name hasn't been released because of his age, is interested in law enforcement, Turner said.

The boy remained in custody Wednesday at the Department of Juvenile Justice. He was charged with larceny and second-degree burglary.

His mother was arrested Tuesday and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Patricia Gillespie told police she didn't report her son's escapade because she didn't see anything wrong with his patrolling.

Gillespie was released from the Dillon County jail later Tuesday on a $5,000 bond.

A phone number for Gillespie could not be found Wednesday.