Deputies arrest children involved with selling stolen guns - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Deputies arrest children involved with selling stolen guns

Rickey Wright (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Rickey Wright (Courtesy Shelby County Sheriff's Department)

Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies arrested three young Memphis boys Thursday for stealing several pistols recently from a Memphis gun shop, officials said.

Detectives said the three then sold or traded the guns.  A teenager who bought one of the stolen guns has also been charged.

Shelby County Sheriff's Department spokesperson Steve Shular said in a press release that detectives took a 12 year-old boy into custody Thursday afternoon in the 1500 block of Merton Avenue.

Two other boys, ages 14 and 12, are brothers. Their parents took them to Memphis Juvenile Court after Deputies contacted them about the thefts.

According to investigators, on February 9, the young boys stole six guns out of a display case from the Guns and Ammo store in the 3600 block of Summer Avenue. Within hours, the three had passed the guns to other people. 

Rickey Wright, 18, of Memphis, said the 14 year-old gave him one of the pistols for a favor. Investigators arrested Wright on February 21, and charged him with Illegal Possession of a Firearm. 

According to Shular, the trio sold or brokered the other five guns.  One of the 12 year-old boys said he traded one of the pistols for two cell phones. The boy said he sold another gun to a young girl for $200. 

All three boys have been charged with Theft of Property over $500 and are in custody at Memphis Juvenile Court. 

Deputies are still looking for others who bought the stolen guns, Shular said.

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