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LCPD: 2 youths charged with breaking into gun store

LCPD: 2 youths charged with breaking into gun store
LCPD: 2 youths charged with breaking into gun store

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Two underage boys are facing charges in connection with the break-in at a Las Cruces gun store over the weekend in which more than $30,000 worth of merchandise was allegedly stolen, the Las Cruces Police Department (LCPD) said.

According to police, at least two underage boys broke into a gun store around 4 a.m. on Sunday, June 23 and stole 30 firearms, ammunition and accessories valued at more than $30,000.


The incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday in the 500 block of N. Telshor Blvd. near Miller Guns and Ammo, according to Las Cruces police.

Investigators have surveillance video showing the boys arriving in a stolen car, the LCPD said.

Later Sunday, LCPD was dispatched to a report of a person with a gun in the 2300 block of Columbia Avenue.

According to LCPD, when officers arrived at the scene, they found two boys – a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old – and recovered two of the firearms that were reportedly stolen from the gun store.

The police were given permission to search the 15-year-old’s house and found 14 firearms and stolen accessories.

Investigators say they have found additional missing firearms that were also reported stolen.

Both boys are charged with aggravated burglary, larceny and theft over $20,000. The 15-year-old teen is also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

The Las Cruces Police Department and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information about the case or the whereabouts of any firearms and accessories is asked to contact police at (575) 526-0795.