threecollie's post here reminded me of something that happened when I was in high school.
Yes, they had high schools back then. The last dinosaurs were gone, and it was safe to emerge from our caves. Get offa my lawn!
Er ... back to the story. We lived in farm country, and the FFA program* was a huge part of the local school system.
One of the local farm boys had a prize-winning sow that he was planning on entering for a second time in the local livestock contest. A couple of his classmates decided that, what the heck, it would be fun to make the sow go missing.
All in fun, you understand. They'd bring her back after a suitable interval of time ... really, they would.
So under cover of darkness, they did the deed.
In due time, the farm boy in question arose in the wee hours to feed the cattle, slop the hogs, et cetera, and discovered the empty pen. He promptly called the sheriff and reported the theft.
The other boys, with very large (and pregnant) sow in the bed of their pickup, were pulled over by a deputy in short order ... and taken to jail.
You see, Missouri still had a rustling statute on the books. They may still have, but I don't live there anymore, and don't care to try and find it now. It established "rustling" as a misdemeanor, unless it takes place after sunset. Then, it's a felony.
So the sheriff considered the circumstances, and called the high school principal - at 3:00 o'clock in the blessed a.m. - and agreed to release the boys into his custody, IF the principal would come get 'em: a 24-mile drive to the county jail.
Mr. Principal was NOT happy. Neither were their parents. And it was the talk of the town for the next couple of weeks, what with them boys bein' felons, and all. :)
And I can't help but wonder how many state and federal agents, from how many Alphabet Agencies, would descend upon those teenage boys if it happened today ... but I'll betcha they wouldn't be released to the school principal.
* Future Farmers of America