Two 13-year-old boys were found sleeping in a car that they'd driven nearly 670 miles from Ohio to Missouri.
Police in Kansas City, Mo., said Cole Johnson and his friend Raheem Harris, both from Columbus, Ohio, had taken Johnson's mother's credit card and driven off in her BMW sedan last Friday.
With the goal of reaching California, the boys crossed two state lines into Missouri and nearly made it to Kansas when they ran out of gas, Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp told ABCNews.com. Snapp said that Catherine Johnson, Cole's mother, had deactivated the credit card her son had taken, preventing the boys from filling up the tank.
As Cole and Raheem slept in the car parked in downtown Kansas City Monday morning, the vehicle was reported to police for blocking an alleyway, Snapp said.
When Officer Bryan Schindler arrived to remove the car at 7:30 a.m., he noticed that the car matched the description of a vehicle the Columbus police had reported stolen – they had contacted the Kansas City police after the boys posted to Facebook that they were stranded there, according to the police report.
Schindler "put two and two together," Snapp said, and found Johnson and Harris asleep in the car.
The boys appeared relieved that they had at least been found, Snapp said.
"They were out of gas and came to a dead end," Snapp said. "They didn't have anywhere to go. They had no money."
The boys, who were listed as missing in Ohio over the weekend, are in police custody but will likely not be charged, Snapp said. Kansas City police also seized the vehicle.
Catherine Johnson said she knew her son dreamed of going to California, but was surprised to learn that he had attempted to chase that dream at age 13, ABC's affiliate WSYX in Columbus, Ohio, reported.
She flew to Missouri Monday and will be driving back to Ohio with both boys, she told WSYX.