VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. -- Four teens and one man from Orlando were arrested after being accused of breaking into a DeBary gun store early Saturday morning and stealing 18 firearms.
- 5 suspects accused of stealing 18 firearms
- Suspects accused of breaking into DeBary gun store
- They're charged with armed burglary, grand theft
Jaquez Tuijay Smith, 19, along with four Orlando teens, are charged with armed burglary and grand theft.
According to Volusia County deputies, the suspects used bricks to allegedly break into SWUB Tactical on 36 South Charles R. Beall Boulevard around 3 a.m. in DeBary.
The suspects also reportedly used the bricks to break locked cases holding handguns, shotguns, and AR-10 and AR-15 rifles.
Orange County Sheriff Office deputies had been watching the group to conduct surveillance on a stolen Nissan Murano, says a VCSO news release.
The deputies then followed the suspects, who were traveling to Orlando. They conducted a traffic stop and took the five suspects into custody.
Three of the suspects reportedly attempted to flee from the vehicle, but they were stopped.
Fifteen guns were recovered from the Nissan Murano, one was found one of the suspects, and one was found outside SWUB Tactical. One firearm was missing and has been classified as stolen.
In total, the 17 guns stolen are valued at $14,580.
The suspects will also face additional charges from Orange County.
In accordance to our crime guidelines, we are not identifying the juvenile suspects charged.