Ofc. John O'Brien, PIO
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 2:14 p.m.
On February 24, 2020, around 5 p.m., a juvenile male entered the convenience store at 17th Avenue and Ray Street. It was reported the suspect displayed a “large” handgun and shouted, “Give me all your f****** money.” The juvenile was given the cash in the register, then he fled the store.
The clerk believed the suspect was one, of a group of teens, that had been in the store earlier in the day and stole candy. The store was able to provide surveillance pictures of the teen from the candy theft and robbery.
Spokane Police Department Officers quickly set up a perimeter to try and contain the suspect while an SPD K-9 Officer and his partner responded to track the male. Officers and the K-9 team worked for over an hour to try and locate the suspect.
A Deputy from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office happened to be in the area doing follow up on a call from his jurisdiction. The Deputy looked at the surveillance photo. The teen pictured was the same person he was trying to contact. The Deputy provided a possible name and home address for the juvenile.
Officers went to the address and contacted two juvenile brothers. The investigation eventually linked them to the robbery and identified a third suspect who was the one seen on surveillance video entering the store and displaying the handgun. Officers obtained statements during the investigation that confirmed the three juveniles had concocted the robbery plan as a way to get money to purchase marijuana.
All three teens (ages 12, 13 and 14) were arrested.
Officers were able to recover several items of evidence from the two residences to include: some of the stolen money, 2 realistic looking BB guns, a ski mask, clothing, a backpack and candy.
The three males were booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for 1st Degree Robbery.
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