After more than 540 miles and almost nine hours of driving, 13-year-old Calvin Riley just wanted to go home.
The boy called his parents and then dialed 911 in Dayton, Tenn. -- a small town of fewer than 7,000 people about 80 miles southwest of Knoxville.
"He just told us who he was, where he was from and that he wanted to go home," Rhea County dispatcher Chanda Leffew said.
Just after 7 p.m. Wednesday, a Dayton police officer met him at an Eagle Exxon gas station and took him into custody at the Rhea County Juvenile Detention Center.
He was alone in the white 2003 Chevrolet pickup officials say he stole from his neighbor, carrying a .22-caliber rifle from home, ammunition and about $450 in cash, officials said.
Dayton police Chief Chris Sneed said officers later recognized the boy from national media reports.
Sneed said he would remain in custody until Huron County officials pick him up.
"It's a long way for a 13-year-old to end up," Sneed said. "I think he had just had enough -- he's just a kid."