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2 boys arrested in South Jordan gun theft case

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FILE – South Jordan police have been taking a look Wednesday for 2 juveniles who allegedly shoplifted two weapons and ammunition.

SOUTH JORDAN — South Jordan police had two teenager boys in custody Wednesday in reference to the theft of 2 weapons and ammunition from a carrying items retailer.

On Saturday, two teenagers walked into Sportsman’s Warehouse, 10462 S. River Heights Drive, about 6 p.m. and went to the gun garage house.

“The two suspects took one handgun each and concealed them in their clothing. Prior to leaving the store with the concealed firearms, one of the suspects stole handgun ammunition,” in step with a observation from South Jordan police.

The theft used to be found out and reported on Tuesday after workers checked stock after which reviewed retailer surveillance video. After posting high quality surveillance photos of the 2 boys on social media on Wednesday, police introduced a couple of hours later that they’d been recognized.

South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington said the two are seventh- and 10th-grade students at the American International School of Utah, 4998 S. Galleria Drive (360 West), a charter school in Murray. Neither student was at school on Wednesday, he said.

But according to a statement from school, it was one of the administrators who recognized the boys from the pictures posted on social media and called police.

“We also contacted Murray police who sent over multiple officers to assist with the situation,” according to a statement from the school, which was also read in a recorded call to parents of the school.

Classes continued as normal. And although the school was not on lockdown, classes were required to be held inside, school officials said.

The school resource officer and administrators were advised to be on the lookout should the students show up, according to Pennington. He said one of the boys was at school earlier in the week, but the other had not been to school for a while.

Whether the students had planned on the bringing the guns to school or using them there was unknown Wednesday.

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Pennington mentioned it used to be “concerning” to police that two teenage boys may stroll into the shop and reputedly thieve two weapons with out being spotted. Pennington mentioned detectives plan a follow-up investigation with Sportsman’s Warehouse.

The 10th grader used to be arrested at his space quickly after being recognized, Pennington mentioned. The 7th grader became himself in later in the day, after his oldsters instructed detectives they have been arranging a give up.

As of Wednesday afternoon, not one of the lacking guns have been recovered.

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