Five Martin County high school students were arrested and charged in connection with selling guns on school property that had been stolen from a home, authorities said Tuesday.
The suspects attended Community Christian Academy in Stuart and range in age from 15 to 17, according to a Martin County Sheriff's Office statement. The students are not being identified by The Associated Press because of their age.
School officials contacted authorities on May 16 to report they had received information that two students may have brought guns on campus, the sheriff's office said. The school principal was acting on a tip from students that the guns were being sold to other students on campus.
Detectives from the sheriff's office interviewed several students and determined that one teen burglarized a home on six different occasions, stealing five weapons from a locked safe. Detectives also found out that four other students were involved in the sale of the guns as well as "hundreds of rounds of ammunition, both on and off school campus."
"Due to the cooperation of school administrators, student witnesses and parents of the suspects, the Martin County Sheriff's Office was able to recover all of the weapons, some of which ended up in neighboring counties," the sheriff's office said in a statement.
The student accused of burglarizing the home was charged with five counts of armed burglary, five counts of dealing in stolen property and five counts of possession of a firearm on school property. Two others, a 16- and 17-year-old, face two counts of dealing in stolen property and one count of possession of a firearm on school property. A 15-year-old charged with one count of dealing in stolen property acted as a "lookout" during the gun transactions while on school property, authorities said. The last student, a 15-year-old, was charged with six counts of dealing in stolen property and six counts of possession of a firearm on school property.
It wasn't immediately known whether the students have attorneys.
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