A string of robberies targeting Jacksonville toy stores ends with the arrest of five teens ages 13 to 17.

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The Jacksonville Police Office announced the arrest of five teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 after investigating several robberies that occurred between December 30, 2023, and January 1, 2024, targeting local businesses specializing in video game equipment and software.

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The alleged perpetrators followed a nearly identical route during each incident, using stolen vehicles to break into the front doors, entering the business in clothing designed to conceal their identities, and making off with valuable gaming equipment before escaping.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) investigators responded by coordinating a targeted operation to apprehend the perpetrators. Their efforts culminated in the arrest of five juvenile offenders between the ages of 13 and 17 years.

JSO reported that the total value of stolen gaming equipment exceeded $8,000, while affected businesses now face an additional financial hit with repair costs totaling $50,000.

Sheriff Waters released a statement following the arrests: “Driving cars through the doors of businesses to get in during robberies is part of a national trend of youth learning online. While it is extremely disappointing to see our youth using social media to self-educate in criminal behavior, we We cannot and will not tolerate crime in our society, even if the perpetrators are juveniles.

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