Gun-toting children -- ages 16 and 12 -- allegedly took stolen truck on robbery spree

BRIGHTON - Two boys were arrested in Brighton after allegedly stealing a truck and using it during a pair of armed robberies.

The green-and-silver Dodge pickup truck was allegedly stolen from an address on Weld County Road 55 by the boys, ages 12 and 16. Brighton Police Department spokesman John Bradley said the first place they hit was a convenience store in Brighton.

After 4:03 a.m., less than 20 minutes after Brighton Police were informed about the stolen pickup, Bradley said officers were dispatched to an attempted robbery at the Western Convenience store, located at 1351 E. Bridge St. The two boys allegedly entered the store with guns and pointed one at a customer inside. They left in the pickup after the customer began yelling at them.

At 4:20 a.m., Bradley said a robbery was reported at the Valero station located at 4780 E. Bromley Lane. Witnesses there said the boys were still armed with guns and demanded money from the register before leaving in the pickup truck.

Police radio chatter, recorded by RadioReference.com, described the two boys during the alleged robbery.

"One party had a rifle, the other had a pistol…The party had a hoodie over his face, the other party had his face covered possibly with a bandana."

A Brighton Officer spotted the truck around 4:40 a.m. It was headed eastbound on Bromley Lane, just east of I-76. The officer tried to pull the truck over, but it refused to stop.

The truck was abandoned in the area of 160th Avenue and Cavanaugh, according to Bradley.

"This is gonna be them. I've got them at gunpoint," an officer called out over the radio.

The boys, who were not identified because of their ages, were arrested a short distance away at about 5:08 a.m.

Both were booked into the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center. They face multiple counts of aggravated robbery, attempted robbery, felony menacing, and vehicular eluding.

"There is no difference because of the age of 12 or 16. By Colorado state law, after the age of 10, a child can be charged criminally in the state," Bradley explained.

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