Collier County Sheriff’s Office arrested two teenagers accused of stealing various items from homes in Amberton Luxury Townhomes during broad daylight.
“They’re just taking a bad route in a good place, and I just think it’s crazy,” said Amberton Luxury Townhomes resident Prince Dameus.
A 13 and 14-year-old stole six guns, including pistols, rifles and shot guns from Dameus’ neighbor.
Dameus says it is shocking, but says this kind of act is trending.
“Most of these kids really don’t have the dark hearts to actually go and use the guns, it’s more for image,” Dameus said.
According to the arrest reports, thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, guns and technology were taken from at least two apartments.
“Now, I definitely, definitely check the doors twice before I go to bed,” said Amberton Luxury Townhomes resident Andrea Suazo.
When investigators were on scene Tuesday, deputies saw the two teens carrying a trash bag into the woods, then returned home empty handed.
Deputies later found the bag filled with guns in the woods, the report said.
“Kids like that, I think social media is a big part of it because everyone wants like a gun on their Instagram,” Dameus said.
Neighbor Domenick Cueplo agrees, saying he doesn’t think there weren’t any intentions to use the weapons to kill.
“I would think they just do it because it’s like oh something fun to do, but it’s not fun,” Cupelo said. “It’s a lot of serious stuff that comes with it.”
Both teens are facing grand theft firearm and burglary charges.