Police say 3 young boys robbed South Hill gas station for money to buy marijuana

SPOKANE, Wash. — Three young boys were arrested for an armed robbery at a South Hill convenience store on Monday, police said.

According to a release from the Spokane Police Department, one of the boys walked into the Mobil gas station store, showed a “large” handgun and shouted “Give me all your f***ing money.” The clerk gave him cash from the register and the boy ran away.

The clerk believed the suspect was one of a group of teens who had stolen candy from the store earlier in the day. The store provided police with surveillance photos of the boy from the candy theft and robbery.

Officers used a K9 to search for the suspect for more than an hour. Meantime, a Spokane County Sheriff’s Office deputy happened to be in the area doing follow up on a different call. After looking at the surveillance photo, the deputy learned the teen was the same person he was trying to find and was able to provide officers with a name and address for the boy.

Officers went to the address and contacted two young brothers. The investigation linked them to the robbery, as well.

According to police, the three boys — ages 12, 13 and 14 — said they planned the robbery as a way to get money to purchase marijuana.

Several items were collected as evidence, including stolen money, two realistic-looking BB guns, a ski mask, clothing, a backpack and candy.

The three boys were booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center for first-degree robbery.

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