Teen Arrested After Posting Video Of Himself And Stolen Automatic Rifle On Instagram
A teenager stole an AR-15 from a police car, but authorities caught the thief and recovered the weapon after he decided his Instagram followers needed to see what feat he had achieved.
Moses Clay Jr., 17, was arrested Saturday by the Boynton Beach Police Department after investigators said he stole an AR-15 and other weapons from an unmarked Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office police vehicle and later “bragged about having it” during a video on Instagram Live.
Clay was arrested after an officer and his K-9 partner, Iro, found the stolen weapon beneath his mattress, Boynton Beach police announced on Facebook.
“It is unfortunate, yes, but law enforcement officers are human beings and forget to lock their car doors sometimes too,” said an official from the Boynton Beach Police Department, which tracked down the thief. “Fortunately, our detectives were able to quickly identify the suspect and get the firearm out of the hands of a criminal.”
Clay took the AR-15 along with two loaded magazines, a gas mask, a Taser, a ballistic helmet, and rifle clips out of the vehicle while the Palm Beach deputy had his car parked for several hours at a shopping center.
He got away without being detected, but when he got home he decided to get on Instagram Live to share what he had done. Police said Clay waved the gun in the air and danced to rap music.
Someone who saw the video tipped off Boynton Beach police, who had already been alerted about the missing items by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives got a search warrant based on the video, searched Clay’s home and found the gun under a mattress. They arrested the teen and charged him with grand theft and burglary while armed with a firearm.
The officer who left the vehicle unlocked will be subject to an internal review, and could face disciplinary action. He has not been identified.
Credit: The Blaze