MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida teenager has successfully appealed
his conviction for stealing a police officer's handcuffs.
The officer tried to arrest the 15-year-old at a North Dade library in December 2007, but the teenager elbowed her and ran away with the handcuffs attached to his wrist.
Additional charges, including theft, were added after the boy was eventually arrested at his grandmother's house.
A Miami-Dade Circuit judge convicted the teeanger of theft, dismissed the other charges and sentenced him to time in a day treatment program.
This week, an appeals court ruled that the teenager had no choice but to leave the handcuffs around his wrist.