PORT ST. LUCIE — Police arrested two boys - ages 12 and 14 - accused of attempting to rob a police station while one pretended to hold a gun underneath his coat.
Half a dozen officers burst into the lobby within minutes, arresting both boys on charges of attempted armed robbery, said police spokesman Rob Vega. The 14-year-old was also charged with violating his probation. Both were booked at the juvenile detention center.
According to Vega, the two boys walked into the lobby of the Port St. Lucie Police Department's western regional station around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and demanded money.
Keeping one hand in his jacket as though he held a gun, the 12-year-old picked up a telephone handset and ordered an aide behind a glass enclosure to put up her hands and hand over all her money, Vega said.
The 12-year-old then paced around the lobby, pointing at his eyes and then at an aide, as if to say, "I'm watching you," said Vega.
The aide ran into the back, screaming for help, Vega said.
At the same time, half a dozen officers had just finished defensive tactics training, according to Vega. They heard what was unfolding and ran into the lobby. At least one had his gun drawn, Vega said.
The boys laughed as police arrested them, said Vega, who called the stunt a "really dumb move."
"They didn't show any signs of remorse whatsoever," said Vega. "To them, the entire incident was a big joke."