The six boys charged this week with breaking into a home and stealing a Porsche, a safe stuffed with more than $200,000 in cash and two loaded handguns were so young that only one was old enough to drive.
But the Fort Lauderdale teens — ages 14 to 16 — are experienced in crime well beyond their years and have lengthy rap sheets, authorities say.
One of the teens, Rural Scott, 15, was on probation and wearing a court-ordered ankle monitor when he told investigators he served as lookout during the April 27 break-in in Fort Pierce.
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara called the teenagers “thugs” who “intentionally targeted our community, searched out a house in an affluent neighborhood and stole their life savings.”
When charged with burglary and grand theft this week, all six of the teenagers were already in custody on other charges.
In this case, the teens are accused not just of committing the theft, but of recklessly flaunting the fruits of their crime. After getting away with the guns, car and the loot, the teens went on a spending spree, police said.
One youth claimed he bought permanent gold teeth for $11,000; a $10,000 gold chain; a $3,500 gold bracelet; an $80,000 Dodge Challenger Hellcat for his mom, which he put in her name; and a $25,000 2009 Mercedes C300 in his brother’s name.
All of the teens were being held Tuesday in St. Lucie County Jail 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. Their bonds range from no bond to $250,000.
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