Six Florida teens were arrested Monday after they stole a Porsche and a man’s $200,000 life savings from a Fort Pierce home, reports the Sun Sentinel.
The St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said that the teens, ages 14 to 16, broke into Brett Browning’s home on April 27 and stole a 2014 Porsche Cayman, valued at $50,000 to $60,000, a .380-caliber Ruger pistol, a revolver and a safe containing more than $200,000 cash.
During police questioning, one of the teens reportedly said that he and “his boys” were at a Pompano Beach motel when they planned to “hit a house up north near Orlando.”
The group allegedly took a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe and began knocking on doors to see if anyone was home. When they found an empty house, sometime in the afternoon, three of the teens went around back to enter through an unlocked door.
The group split up to rob the house of the safe’s contents and guns, then left in the Porsche and the Hyundai.
When they met up at a Marathon service station, people around them started to notice the teens flashing large amounts of money they allegedly took from the safe after prying it open.
One of the teens reportedly told investigators that when they saw they were being watched at the gas station, they knew they wouldn’t get far after that.
“We going to jail soon, might as well have fun.”
Investigators learned from another teen that he threw the guns into a garbage can.
Some of the teens reportedly spent a portion of their loot on their mothers. One bought his mom an $80,000 Dodge Challener Hellcat, another bought his mom an Audi A4, and a third gave his mom $40,000.
One teen said that he bought permanent gold teeth for $11,000, a $10,000 gold chain, a $3,500 gold bracelet, and a $25,000 2009 Mercedes C300 in his brother’s name.
Another teen was robbed of his portion of the money in Fort Lauderdale, while another bought a four wheeler.
When investigators found the Porshe abandoned in Delray Beach on May 3, they found some items that came from the safe as well as paperwork that belonged to one of the teens.
Fort Lauderdale Police were able to arrest the teen a week later and St. Lucie County investigators questioned him about the burglary.
All of the teens admitted to committing the crime, except for one — but police found his fingerprints on the stolen Hyundai.
The teens were arrested on charges including burglary of a dwelling while armed, grand theft over $100,000, grand theft of a firearm and grand theft of a motor vehicle. They were held in St. Lucie County jail on bonds that ranged from zero to $250,000.
[Feature photo: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office]