Five teens charged in connection with stolen firearms case

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Police arrested five suspects, all teenagers, in connection with a recent burglary at a Newport News gun shop.

Surveillance video obtained from the gun shop after last month’s crime, shows a car plowed into the Marksman Firearms Training Center on Industrial Park Drive around 2 a.m. The suspects stole at least 24 guns.

Court paperwork obtained Tuesday shows that the day after the burglary, police responded to a call about gunshots and found one of the firearms near Delmar Lane. According to the documents, police took a 14-year-old into custody, who told them he got the gun from another teen. That person and 18-year-old Robert Watkins IV admitted to the teen that they broke into the Marksman, the paperwork said. Watkins has been charged with eight felonies and a misdemeanor, including grand larceny, breaking and entering, and other charges. watkins, robert wayles IV~092815

That same day, court documents show police took a 16-year-old into custody after finding a gun and a crumpled box of ammunition. Then police went to Shire Chase, where a woman told them she found guns in her 15-year-old son’s backpack, and two of them were from the Marksman shop.

Hours later, on Crescent Way, court documents show police found a book bag with three guns stolen from the Marksman. According to the paperwork, another 16-year-old admitted he received the guns from Watkins and claimed Watkins was the driver of the stolen car.

One of the 16-year-old suspects is charged with burglary, grand larceny, receiving a stolen firearm, possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm by a juvenile, and conspiracy to commit a felony.

The other 16-year-old has been charged with three counts each of receiving a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a juvenile.

A 15-year-old has been charged with discharging a firearm in a public place, receiving a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a juvenile. A second 15-year-old has been charged with two counts each of receiving a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a juvenile.

The four juvenile suspects were taken to the Newport News Detention Center.

Detectives recovered eight of the 24 stolen guns.

Anyone with information about this case, in particular the location of the firearms that have not yet been recovered, is asked to call Newport News Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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