2 high school students arrested for attempted break-in of Lakeland gun store

Polk County

LAKELAND, Fla. (WFLA) – Two high school students were arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives in connection with an attempted gun store burglary that occurred on Monday.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to the Guns Galore store on Highway 92 East in Lakeland for an attempted burglary that happened around 1:50 a.m.

The front window glass of the business was found shattered and video surveillance showed two boys attempting to break in.

The first suspect was wearing a mask that left a portion of his face uncovered.

Video showed him pulling a framing hammer from a bag and smashing the glass.

The second suspect was seen wearing a hat and a possible bandanna over his face.

After the glass broke, the store alarm sounded and both suspects fled the area.

Surveillance video also revealed information to link the suspects to a Lakeland school.

The first suspect’s jacket had an Air Force ROTC patch on the arm, connecting him to Kathleen High School.

The school resource deputy, a teacher and a dean at the school were able to identify the 17-year-old student.

The student confessed to smashing the window to detectives.

Further investigation led detectives to be able to identify the second suspect as a 14-year-old boy.

The investigation revealed that the teens met in a local park before riding their bicycles to the gun store where they attempted the break-in.

The 17-year-old is charged with attempted burglary of a structure, conspiracy to commit burglary of a structure and criminal mischief.

The 14-year-old is charged with attempted burglary of a structure, conspiracy to commit burglary of a structure and violation of probation.

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