LAKEWOOD - Two boys, ages 13 and 11, were arrested by Lakewood Police Tuesday morning. Officers say the boys stole two guns and a knife from a vehicle parked outside a shooting range.
The incident happened outside BluCore Shooting Center on Jewell Avenue in Lakewood last Thursday.
The man who owned the guns was inside BlueCore, practicing. He left a revolver and a pistol in his truck and took other guns inside. The man, who we're not naming due to privacy reasons, said he forgot to lock his truck.
"I just forgot to hit the button. [I] had my hands full. That sort of thing," the man told 9NEWS.
Security footage shows the boys going from vehicle to vehicle.
"I'm certainly disappointed that these two were looking to commit any kind of crime. It's disturbing, certainly. It's disturbing that they were able to accomplish it," Lakewood Police Sgt. Randy McNitt said.
The guns and knife are worth $1,200. When police located and arrested the boys Tuesday morning, they found the weapons inside one of the boy's homes.
"When we recovered them, one gun was unloaded; the other gun did not have magazines in it. The magazines were recovered. They weren't loaded. But neither gun was immediately able to be fired," Sgt. McNitt said.
The arrests wouldn't have been possible, had the security cameras at BluCore not captured the boys' images so clearly.
Since the shooting range opened in 2011, its owner says he's never had to deal with anything like this.
Albeit criminal for the boys to steal, he also says gun owners need to be more aware.
"We all believe in the Second Amendment and the right it guarantees us, but also the responsibility that comes along with it," BlueCore co-owner Eric Frohardt said.
The two boys received a few felony charges, including juvenile possession of a handgun. They're currently being held at a juvenile detention center, awaiting their fate.
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