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Ages of armed robbers in Brighton crime spree? Sixteen and twelve

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A stolen vehicle. Two armed robbery attempts, one of them successful. And a police chase prior to an arrest.

That's a full day for anyone -- but especially for a twelve year old, busted yesterday along with a wizened cohort, age sixteen.

What happened? Here's how the cops describe it.

According to the Brighton Police Department, the fun started at about 3:45 a.m. yesterday, when officers learned that a green and silver Dodge pickup had been stolen from a residence on Weld County Road 55.

Less than twenty minutes later, at 4:03 a.m., the cops got another call -- this time from the Western Convenience store at 1351 East Bridge Street in Brighton. Witnesses at the scene said two juvenile males entered the store with guns drawn; they were reportedly packing a handgun and a rifle.

Despite this display of armaments, the pair didn't cow at least one customer, who reacted by yelling at them. He didn't quit until they split -- in what was described as a green pickup.

The pair apparently didn't let this failure haunt them. At 4:20 a.m., the Brighton PD got another call about a robbery, this one from a Valero gas station at 4780 East Bromley Lane. This time, the gun-boys demanded money from the cash register, and got it before high-tailing it in the aforementioned truck.

By this time, every officer in Brighton knew to be watching for that stolen Dodge -- and one of them spotted it at 4:40 a.m. traveling eastbound on Bromley not far from Interstate 76. But when he tried to stop the vehicle, the driver didn't cooperate, precipitating a brief chase that ended near 160th Avenue and Cavanaugh. The truck had been abandoned, but the pair of juvies were found not far away.

Approximate time: 5:08 a.m. -- fewer than ninety minutes after the truck was reported missing. That's some fast work.

Due to their ages, the boys have not been identified. But the BPD confirms that they've been booked into the Adams County Juvenile Detention Center on multiple counts of aggravated robbery, attempted robbery, felony menacing and vehicular eluding.

Has your twelve year old accomplished as much? For your sake, we hope not.

Look below to see a 7News about the incident.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Erik Jensen, juvenile lifer, hangs onto hope 'now more than ever.'"

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