EVERETT, Wash. - Everett police say detectives arrested two boys, ages 12 and 16, in connection with a series of armed robberies.
One robbery occurred on July 23 at a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in which two young men wearing white surgical masks entered the business, demanded cash and then fled.
Surveillance video showed that one of the robbers had a gun.
Just after 9 p.m. on August 28, the Pecks Drive Market, at 801 Pecks Drive, was robbed by a young man who pointed a black revolver at the clerk.
He walked to the front counter, threw down a plastic bag and demanded it be filled with money from the register. After the employee complied, the robber ran from the business.
At about 1 p.m. on Sept. 2, a young man stopped his bicycle at the drive-up window of Hillbilly Hotties Coffee Company at 4034 Hoyt Avenue and ordered coffee.
When the employee told him the price, he reached into his backpack, pulled out a black revolver and demanded all the money. The employee told the robber there was no money and he took the tip jar before riding off.
Detectives investigating the cases believed the Pecks Drive Market and Hillbilly Hotties robberies were committed by the same person based on his voice, actions, physical description and weapon.
Police said using video surveillance, officers identified the robber, who is a 12-year-old boy from Everett.
Police said he was arrested, confessed to the two robberies and was booked into the Denny Juvenile Justice Center.
During the investigation, detectives learned a 16-year-old Arlington teen had loaned a revolver to the 12-year-old. Police said the 12-year-old used the revolver and returned it, along with some of the money he took.
Detectives identified and located the 16-year-old who was arrested without incident. The 16-year-old confessed to the Jimmy John’s robbery and turned over the revolver to detectives before being booked into the Denny Juvenile Justice Center.
Detectives continue working the Jimmy John’s robbery to identify the second robber.