14-year-old arrested in Bradenton gun shop burglary

Manatee County

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Bradenton police have arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with a burglary at an area gun shop.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Jan. 4, officers responded to reports of a suspicious person at High Noon Guns on State Road 64. Police said the business had been burglarized and 15 firearms were missing.

Police reviewed surveillance video from the store and were able to identify the suspect’s vehicle. Police say it was reported stolen out of Manatee County.

Police and deputies with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a home on 5th Avenue E. in Palmetto and recovered evidence related to the case including one of the 15 stolen firearms.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the burglary on Jan. 12. The teen is charged with armed burglary, felony criminal mischief, and theft of a firearm. His name has been withheld because he is a minor. Police tell 8 On Your Side he has no prior criminal history and believe he acted alone during the burglary.

“No other persons were seen in the video. What he did after he left the parking lot, that is where we are working backwards now on the timeline to try to determine where he went,” said Capt. Brian Thiers.

Police are asking anyone with additional information on this case to contact Detective William Mulligan at 941-932-9313. You may also email information to BPDTips@BradentonPD.com.

“We haven’t released his name. He’s a 14-year-old juvenile. However, word travels. 14 guns hitting the streets of Bradenton is an anomaly so we are looking for anyone who has any information to reach out to us,” said Capt. Brian Thiers.

To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477 (TIPS) or send an anonymous E-Tip via the web by visiting www.manateecrimestoppers.com.


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