Deputies charge teens with armed burglary after bragging about it online

Detective: Teen posted shot of stolen gun
Posted at 11:40 PM, Mar 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-13 23:40:34-04

Deputies said a teen bragged about stealing a gun more than 2 hours after he stole it.

The two teens, who were arrested and involved in the burglary, are 16. After the suspect posted the picture on Facebook, someone tried to warn him the sheriff would be after him, saying they were going to be on his trail. The teen responded with a vulgar comment.

"That made me that much more upset that he even had the nerve to do brag about it, but it worked in my favor, " the victim said.

The burglary happened on March 9 along Iowa Road in Lakeland. The victim did not want to be identified.

Deputies said the teen, who bragged about the burglary, had another 16-year old-teen with him. He served as the lookout person. According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, they got away with a gun, jewelry and credit cards, which they tried to use immediately.

"For someone, especially that age, to do something like that ummmm there's some things that I won't ever get back," she said.

According to deputies, the teens tried to buy items like pizza and jewelry, but each transaction was rejected. Little did they know the victim was getting alerts about the bogus transactions immediately. She told ABC Action News that was the moment she realized her SUV was broken into late at night.

"I was shocked, mad, sad -not only at them, but at myself for not making sure that my vehicle was locked and why I didn't take the stuff out," the victim said.

The victim said the gun was recovered, but she is missing other items like bank cards and her mother's wedding band.



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