Three teenagers, ages between 15 and 16, were arrested at a Wesley Chapel Publix, in Florida, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, after a Snapchat video reportedly showed them with guns in the bathroom, deputies said Wednesday.
Deputies responded to the Publix, located at 5400 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., around 5 p.m. after someone sent to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office the Snapchat video showing two of the three boys brandishing the guns and pointing them toward the camera and another video clip showed the teens showing off fanned-out stacks of cash.
Officers quickly converged on the teens in the dairy section of the supermarket.
“I think they were just as shocked to see us as we were to see them when we came around the corner,” Sgt. Andy Denbo said to WFLA.
Deputies said two of the teens were in possession of firearms when they were arrested, and one had ammunition in his backpack, WFTS-TV reported.
According to the report, one 16-year-old boy had a Sig Sauer P228 handgun hidden in his shorts, he has prior convictions for battery on a law enforcement officer, grand theft, and grand theft motor vehicle, and was arrested Tuesday for carrying a concealed firearm and delinquent in possession of a firearm.
The other 16-year-old boy had a Sig Sauer P238 handgun tucked into his waistband, concealed under a jacket. He had stolen it from an unlocked vehicle in Saddlebrook. He also had two stolen credit cards, a passport, driver’s license, and other items linking back to the auto robbery, the report stated.
He was arrested on two 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 15-year-old boy who initially refused to give officers his name had a black backpack with a round of ammunition, according to the arrest affidavit. He had a prior conviction for an aggravated assault charge with a firearm. The teen was charged with delinquent in possession of ammunition as well as resisting an officer and obstructing without violence.
All of them live about an hour away from the store, in Pinellas County. The three teens were taken to the county jail in Land O’Lakes.
“We believe that most juveniles deserve a second change but these juveniles are career criminals,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said, according to Patch.