Two teenagers kept themselves busy by breaking into cars across Broward County, racking up loot, including guns and cash, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
But an alert officer on routine patrol foiled their car burglary business by catching them in the act.
Deputy Jonathan Commella spotted Isaac Destin, 18, and an unidentified 17-year-old boy at about 3:30 a.m. Friday loading items into a Nissan Rogue in the parking lot of La Estancia Townhomes in Pembroke Park, BSO said in a news release.
Commella approached the teens and noticed a 12-gauge pistol grip shotgun, a revolver, an AK-47 drum magazine and cash in the car, all in plain view, according to BSO.
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BSO later learned the shotgun had been reported stolen earlier in the night from a car in Pembroke Pines. A search of the suspect’s home revealed cash, narcotics and other stolen items tied to open cases.
In all, the teens were linked to 40 car burglaries in Pembroke Park and 64 in Pembroke Pines.
Destin faces 23 charges including grand theft of a firearm, burglary, theft, criminal mischief, grand theft and possession of cannabis. The 17-year-old male was charged with grand theft of a firearm.
Both could be facing more charges, BSO said.