Cape Coral, FL – Two brothers, ages 11 and 14, were arrested for breaking into a Florida gun store on June 8 and stealing almost two dozen guns and a supply of ammunition.
Police were alerted to a burglary in progress at the Guns 4 Less store at about 3 a.m. on June 8, NBC News reported.
When officers arrived on the scene they spotted the pint-sized suspects running away from the gun shop “armed with multiple handguns, ammunition, magazines and long guns,” Cape Coral Police Sergeant Julie Green said.
“Due to the weight of the multiple guns and ammunition stolen, the juveniles dropped the guns and fled on foot in separate directions,” Sgt. Green told reporters.
Investigators said the 14 year old held on to a stolen AR-15 pistol initially but ended up tossing it when he was fleeing from police, NBC News reported.
Police said the pair had tried to cut the power to the gun shop before they broke into the building but were unsuccessful, WINK reported.
Investigators said that after the boys got into the store, they smashed display cases and stole 22 weapons, ammunition, and other gun accessories.
Police said the stolen firearms were recovered after the boys were arrested but the investigation is ongoing, WINK reported.
The older brother was already on probation in connection with an incident last year at a gas station in Lee County when he was arrested for breaking into the gun store, according to authorities.
Police said the pre-teen boy threatened a cashier with a hammer while he and his accomplice stole e-cigarettes from the station’s convenience store, WINK reported.
Investigators also said the same brother was responsible for another break-in last year at a Lee County pawn shop.
Security cameras captured footage of the two children smashing their way through the front door of the store, WINK reported.
Authorities are now investigating whether the same pair might have been responsible for a number of other burglaries in the area.
The brothers were both arrested on June 8 and booked into jail on multiple charges that included 22 counts of grand theft of a firearm, one count of armed burglary, one count of criminal mischief, and one count of resisting without violence, NBC News reported.
The brothers are forbidden from having any contact with each other.
They will be held in secure detention for 21 days, WINK reported.
Both boys are scheduled to appear for formal arraignments on July 5.