Four teens in Jupiter have been arrested and charged with armed burglary and grand theft. The ages of the teens are 15 and 16, however given the fact that armed burglary is punishable by life in prison, they may be sent to adult court by direct file.
In all, investigators believe that the four teens may be responsible for as many as six residential burglaries.
As for the armed burglary charges, those pertain to stolen firearms. In Florida, you can be charged with armed burglary if you "arm yourself" during the commission of a burglary. In other words, you do not need to enter a dwelling with a weapon on your person. If you steal a gun or a knife during the burglary, the burglary elevates to armed burglary.
Armed burglary is a non-bondable offense.
Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney serving Miami-Dade and Broward. Attorney Eric Matheny is a former Miami-Dade prosecutor who has handled many burglary and armed burglary cases throughout his career. Attorney Eric Matheny can be reached directly at (305) 542-9491.