Two Claremore teens were arrested last weekend in connection with a series of commercial robberies, during one of which, the duo allegedly stole a loaded firearm from a local liquor store.
Claremore Chief of Police Stan Brown said two juvenile male suspects — one, 15-years-old, the other, 16-years-old — were arrested the morning of Saturday, July 14 after being “caught in the act” by officers who had them under surveillance.
“We’ve had a series of commercial burglaries in the city over the last few weeks, the hardest hit of which have been in south Claremore, particularly, at The Market,” Brown said. “El Maguey, Subway (at The Market), and Quick-n-Easy were hit, as well as Patriot Wine & Spirits, which was the most concerning for us as the suspects made off with a loaded firearm from that one.
“We take each of these (robberies) seriously, but given that the suspects stole a loaded firearm — which the liquor store owner is allowed by law to have on the premises — that was particularly troubling,” Brown said.
Going off of video footage taken of the crimes from one of the business’s security cameras, police investigators developed information about potential suspects, whom they began to keep tabs on and soon caught in the act, Brown said.
“Early last Saturday morning, officer were doing surveillance on the suspects, whom they caught in the act of burglarizing Gymnastics City,” he said. “Shortly after the suspects left the building, our officers stopped them and found them to be in possession of stolen property, including snacks and drinks, money, and a laptop computer.”
Brown said the suspects were then placed under arrest and transported to the Claremore Police Station.
Both teens were later released to the custody of their parents. The case is still under investigation.
A third teen is currently being sought for questioning as a suspect, but no other arrests have been made.