NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - An auto shop owner wakes up to see a tow truck being stolen from his North Fort Myers business.
The real shock came after the thieves wrecked the truck. Deputies say they were only 10 and 13 years old.
"They were in the oncoming traffic, hitting the mail box posts, they ran down a tree."
Joseph Bocchino woke up early Sunday morning just in time to witness a tow truck being stolen from his auto business next door.
Bocchino says, "I got up, got into my car, and chased after it."
Bocchino called 911 and followed the tow truck, which had it's beacon lights flashing.
He says, "At first I thought it was a drunk driver in the car because the truck was all over the road."
Going seventy miles an hour, and swerving all over the road, the tow truck then turned into Island Vista Estates.
Resident Ronnie Collins says, "I was standing out here and I heard the crash."
No one expected the alleged thieves were 13 and 10 year old boys. We're not identifying them because of their age.
Bocchino says, "I can't understand how his foot even reached the petal!"
The boys mother says, "I haven't even had time to get over the initial shock."
Neither has Bocchino, who damaged his own car trying to avoid the moving tow truck.
"That's where I hit it, right there."
The tow truck, belonging to a Lee County deputy, was also damaged.
"The hood, the fender, the door."
Now, deputies say, at the request of their mother, the boys were arrested.
"It's to teach them a lesson."
An expensive lesson, Bocchino is afraid others will end up paying for.
Bocchino says this is the second time in two months, a vehicle has been stolen from his lot. The first time, deputies found the stolen van near the boy's house. No one was arrested for that theft.