Police charged a 12-year-old boy with petty larceny Sunday after he opened a Christmas present without permission.
"The boy's great-grandmother had specifically told him not to open his Nintendo Game Boy Advance, which she had wrapped and placed beneath the Christmas tree, according to a police report," The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald reported. "But on Sunday morning, she found the box of the popular handheld game console unwrapped and opened. When the boy's 27-year-old mother heard about the opened gift, she called police."
"He took it without permission. He wanted it. He just took it," the 63-year-old great-grandmother told the newspaper.
The boy, who has a history of disciplinary problems, was booked as a juvenile and released the same day. His mother plans to ask the state to take custody of him during an upcoming court appearance.
"Yeah, it's strange," a police spokesman said of the case.