Everett police say a 12-year-old boy borrowed a handgun from a 16-year-old friend to carry out two of three recent armed robberies in the city.
According to police, the first robbery occurred on July 23 when a 16-year-old and an unidentified accomplice robbed a Jimmy John’s at 909 Sievers Duecy Blvd. Police say the two entered the sandwich shop wearing white surgical masks, and one pointed a black revolver at an employee and demanded money.
When the cash register drawer was opened, both robbers grabbed cash and stuffed it into their pockets before running out of the business, police said.
On Aug. 28, police say the 12-year-old walked into Pecks Drive Market, 801 Pecks Dr., pointed a black revolver at the clerk and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied and the boy left, police said.
Police say the 12-year-old struck again Sept. 2 when he rode his bike up to the drive-through window of the Hillbilly Hotties Coffee at 4034 Hoyt Ave. The boy ordered coffee, then reached into his backpack, pulled out a black revolver and demanded money, police said. He rode away with the coffee stand’s tip jar after being told there was no money, according to police.
Major crimes detectives with the Everett Police Department said witness descriptions of the suspect’s voice, physical dimensions and handgun led them to believe the two most recent robberies were committed by the same person.
Using video surveillance, investigators were able to identify the suspect as a 12 year-old Everett boy. Everett police said the boy confessed to the robberies of the convenience store and the coffee shop after he was arrested.
He has been booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center, police said.
Detectives say the 12-year-old committed the robberies with a gun he borrowed from a 16-year-old Arlington teen. The younger boy then returned the gun along with some of the money he’d stolen, police said.
When investigators tracked down the 16-year-old, police said he confessed to being a participant in the Jimmy John’s robbery and turned over the revolver. He was arrested without incident and has also been booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center, police said.
Police said they are still working to identify the 16-year-old’s accomplice in the first robbery.