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3 Teens arrested at Pasco Co. Publix after Snapchat video shows them with guns in the bathroom

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Oct 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 17:38:01-04

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Three Florida teenagers were arrested at a Wesley Chapel Publix after a social media video reportedly showed them with guns in the bathroom.

It happened at the Publix located at 5400 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Wesley Chapel.

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On Tuesday, law enforcement was forwarded the Snapchat video, which showed three teens holding the firearms and racking the slides.

Teens arrested for showing guns on Snapchat in Publix bathroom

They quickly converged on the teens in the dairy section of the supermarket.

One teen was found to have a firearm completely concealed on his person. He said he got it from a "friend" and thought about throwing the gun and running from law enforcement. He also told deputies he was thinking about tossing the gun in a trash can. This teen had prior convictions for battery on a law enforcement officer, grand theft, and grand theft motor vehicle. He was arrested for carrying a concealed firearm and delinquent in possession of a firearm.

Arrest documents say one of the teens had a black backpack with a singlular round of ammunition inside. He had a prior conviction for an aggravated assault charge with a firearm. That teen was charged with delinquent in possession of ammunition as well as resisting an officer and obstructing without violence.

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Earlier that day, the third teen is accused of breaking into a car, stealing a passport, driver's license, gas card and two credit/debit cards. He is also accused of stealing a gun from another vehicle in Saddlebrook. Deputies say that stolen gun was found concealed in his waistband under his jacket at the Publix. He was arrested for 2 counts of auto burglary, theft of a firearm, theft of a credit card, delinquent in possession of a firearm, and carrying a concealed firearm.

The teens involved in the incident are 15, 16 and 16 years old.