JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police arrested five teens, between the ages of 14 and 16, after reportedly finding them in a stolen car loaded with weapons.
Shortly after 3 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Jacob Daffron reported seeing a 2004 Nissan Altima traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Highland Drive.
As Daffron caught up with the car, the driver turned off the lights then pulled into the parking lot of Walmart, 1815 E. Highland.
While slow rolling to the middle of the parking lot, Daffron called for backup.
Once stopped, the officer spoke with the driver who claimed his mother wanted him to get something from Walmart. The suspect, who was not named due to his age, said his four passengers were his "cousins."
Daffron then had the suspect call his mother who reportedly said she did not know that her son was out and that he did not have permission to drive. She also said the others in the car were not his cousins.
One of the two female passengers said the car belonged to her stepfather but said she did not know his telephone number.
Upon learning that all of the car's occupants were from Newport, Daffron contacted the police department there and learned the Altima had been reported stolen.
He also learned that there were firearms inside the car.
He and other officers who arrived at the scene began the process of detaining all of the suspects and frisking them.
Daffron then began searching the vehicle. According to the report, he found eight weapons including a Ruger .45 automatic handgun, a 9mm handgun, and a Ruger .357. He also reported finding multiple magazines, loaders, cartridges, gun cases, and shells.
Police arrested all of the suspects and took them to the Craighead County Juvenile Detention Center.
The driver was charged with theft by receiving greater than $5,000; no driver's license; driving without headlights; careless and prohibited driving; and curfew violation.
The other four suspects were left at CCJDC on a variety of charges including theft by receiving greater than $5,000; carrying a weapon; obstruction of governmental operations; and curfew violation.
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