Published: Apr 18, 2011 11:20 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 18, 2011 8:01 PM EDT

NORTH FORT MYERS, FL-Deputies say a teen goes on a "stealing spree" taking piles of mostly worthless items from his neighbors' cars.
When the 17 year old gets back home, dad's waiting, and he's not happy.

An empty fire extinguisher, a tire repair kit, and a drill with no battery. These items Jesse Ralston, the property manager of Parkside Community, was surprised to find missing from his car.

Ralston says, "I don't really need the fire extinguisher, it's empty, but somebody could get a flat down the road."

Deputies say the thief, a 17 year old boy, lives a few houses down on Stockton Street. They say he came home at 4:30 in the morning and was caught with the stolen stuff in his hand by his dad.

Ralston says, "Dad said, well what you got in your hand, he said, oh some stuff my friend gave me. Dad said well that's not right, so he went and called the cops and the kid ran."

Deputies say, the boy had also taken a fake rolex, bottles of perfume, and a slew of mostly worthless stuff from six other neighbors' unlocked vehicles.

Ralston says, "He's a young kid, he's confused and he don't know really what's going on."

A neighbor says the boy has drug problems and hopes the justice system will help clean him up.
Ralston who says he's worked hard to clean up this street says he's not mad about the theft .

"What you gotta do is stop and pray for him and hope for the best."