Auto kids thieves
Police in North Carolina has accused a group of teenagers and children as young as 9 of stealing 46 cars worth more than $1 million. Image Credit: Shutterstock

Police have identified nineteen kids aged between 9 and 16 years old after they stole 46 cars worth more than $1.1 million - for a social media challenge.

The 20 heists, which took place in March, occurred in Forsyth County, North Carolina, with the goal of the Snapchap ‘contest’ being to take as many pictures with stolen cars as possible.

Police have since found 40 of the 46 stolen vehicles - which included models from Audi, Ford, Honda, Chevrolet, Lexus, and Toyota. The Winston-Salem Police Department says the vehicles were taken on joyrides mostly out of the boredom of self-isolation. However, because the kids are all minors they cannot be arrested.

“Detectives have sought, and thus far have been denied, secure custody orders from the Forsyth County Department of Juvenile Justice for the involved juveniles,” police wrote in the release. “Detectives are continuing their efforts to investigate these crimes and to prevent future thefts.”

Mekeal Binns, 19, was arrested March 25 in connection with the stolen vehicles. Binns has not been charged with stealing the cars, but instead with possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and violating probation.