11-Year-Old Nabbed For Attempted Armed Robbery

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Payson police and Gila County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call Sept. 15 from a clerk at Circle K in Star Valley where it was reported that an armed 11-year-old boy was preparing to rob the store.

"He had a firearm tucked into his pants and made statements to the clerk that he was going to rob the Circle K," Sheriff's Det. Brian Havey said.

When officers arrived, they were unable to find the boy.

On Tuesday, sheriff's detectives found him.

"He took off in the gully and we've been looking for him ever since," Havey said.

After receiving a tip on the boy's identity, he was found and brought in for questioning Tuesday night.

Havey said they believe they have their young suspect.

"We also learned about a burglary of two firearms and theft of another," Havey said. "Two have been recovered and returned to the owner, but one of the firearms is still outstanding."

The Smith and Wesson .22 caliber revolver is of particular concern to Havey as he believes it may be in the hands of children in Star Valley.

"The gun was left by a rock approximately three-quarters of a mile down Moonlight Drive and was picked up by an unknown person," Havey said. "We have great concern about any children playing with this weapon and would like to recover it as soon as possible and we are asking for assistance from the public."

The boy is currently in his mother's custody.

"At this point in time, he is not physically under arrest, but a complaint will be forwarded to the county attorney for prosecution on this attempted armed robbery and burglary and theft of three firearms," Havey said. "He knows now that he is facing pretty substantial charges."

Anyone with information about the stolen revolver is asked to call (928) 474-2208.

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