Investigators with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have arrested three Orlando men suspected of aiding in a smash-and-grab burglary at a Tampa gun store last month.
The news comes as authorities began investigating whether two others from Orlando, arrested on unrelated charges Saturday, have any connection to the crime after they were found with one of the stolen guns.
Officers arrested James Alexander Moore, 18, on Dec. 1 and on Dec. 7 arrested Boniface Denavard, 22, and Gabriel Longley, 18. All three face 40 theft-related charges.
On Nov. 29, the three men and 15 to 20 accomplices used a stolen Ford F-150 Raptor to smash through the glass window of the Tampa Arms Company, 4023 W Waters Ave., according to arrest reports. They made out with an about $70,000 in merchandise, including 35 firearms, the Sheriff's Office said.
Moore, Denavard, Longley and their accomplices were captured on surveillance footage from a 7-Eleven on W Colonial Drive in Orlando, according to reports. The crew pulled up to the store around 11:49 p.m. in a caravan of stolen cars including the Raptor. They traveled along the Florida Turnpike and State Road 408 to the Osceola Parkway gun store, where cameras filmed the three Orlando men attempting to break in around 1 a.m. The same men were later seen on security footage taken during the store's robbery around 2:40 a.m. A witness reviewed the videos and identified them. The store suffered about $45,000 worth of damage.
Authorities are investigating whether two Orlando teens arrested Saturday were involved.
Jayvon Joachin, 16, and Deshawn Miller, 17, were arrested in Polk County on auto theft charges, but are also suspects in the Dec. 7 fatal shooting of Kendra Lewis, 27, in Orlando, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Polk deputies said they stopped Joachin and Miller on State Road 557 with stop sticks that caused the stolen 2013 Dodge Charger they were driving to crash. Miller was in possession of a stolen gun from Tampa Arms Company.