BRIGHTON -- Police arrested two young boys -- ages 12 and 16 -- early Tuesday morning after they allegedly stole a truck in Weld County, tried to rob an area gas station and may have robbed another one 10 minutes later.
The names were not released because of their ages. Police booked the two into the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of aggravated robbery, attempted robbery, felony menacing and vehicular eluding.
Brighton Police Department spokesman John Bradley said the first incident began around 3:45 a.m. Weld County authorities told Brighton police to be on the lookout for a green and silver Dodge pick-up truck that was stolen from an address on Weld County Road 55.
Shortly after 4 a.m., Brighton police answered a call about an attempted armed robbery at the Western Convenience store. That's in the 1300 block of East Bridge Street. Bradley said witnesses told police two armed juvenile males walked into the store. One of the suspects pointed his weapon at a customer. Both youngsters left the store and went eastbound on Bridge Street after the customer started yelling at them, Bradley said.
Around 4:20 a.m., Bradley said police answered a call of a robbery at the Valero gas station in the 4700 block of East Bromley Lane. Bradley said witnesses there told police two armed men entered the store and demanded money from the cash register. They left in a pick-up truck.
Bradley said around 4:40 a.m., a Brighton police officer saw the green pick-up truck -- it matched the description of the one stolen in Weld County -- on Bromley Lane east of I-76. The attempt to pull the truck over resulted in a short chase.
The unoccupied truck turned up near 160th Avenue and Cavanaugh Road. The two suspects were arrested shortly after 5 a.m. a short distance from the truck.