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Six Teens Steal $200,000, Buy Cars For Their Moms (Photos)

| by Jonathan Constante

Six Florida teenagers have been arrested for allegedly stealing a Porsche and $200,000 from a man's home.

The break-in occurred on April 27 at Brett Browning's home, the Daily Mail reported. Browning was robbed of his life savings -- $200,000 in cash -- and his 2014 Porsche Cayman, worth $50,000 to $60,000.

The suspects also stole a 380-caliber Ruger pistol and also a revolver. One of the teens was arrested two weeks later after police found the abandoned Porsche in Delray Beach. The vehicle contained documents belonging to the suspect.

Another five suspects were arrested shortly after. They were identified as Rural Scott, 15, Jeremiah Laplace, 15, Michael Bush, 14, Joshua Sargeant, 14, Shomari Smith, 14, and Walter Walker, 16.

All of the suspects are from Fort Lauderdale and have long rap sheets, despite being teenagers. They were all charged with burglary and grand theft.

The teens told police they spent the money on jewelry and cars for themselves and their family members. One teen said he used his share to buy his mom an $80,000 Dodge Challenger Hellcat and his brother a $25,000 2009 Mercedes C300. He also bought gold teeth for $11,000, a $10,000 gold chain and a $3,500 gold bracelet.

Another teen told authorities he bought himself a four-wheeler and gave $40,000 to his mother. A third suspect said he bought a new Audi A4 for his mother, while a fourth teen said he was robbed of his share while in Fort Lauderdale.

One of the teens reportedly threw the guns into a garbage can at a local mall.

Rural, who has been arrested nine times since June 2015 for charges of grand theft, grand theft auto, and criminal mischief, told police he called his mother and told her all about "hitting" the house they burglarized.

The Sun Sentinel reached out to Rural's mother, Shanika Shorter. When they asked her for her response to the police reports, she said, "Do you believe everything you hear?" She then reportedly hung up the phone.

The teenagers were booked into St. Lucie County Jail on charges that include burglary of a dwelling while armed, grand theft over $100,000, grand theft of a firearm and grand theft of a motor vehicle. Their bonds range from no bond to $250,000, and they were not charged as adults, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Attorney Roseanne Eckert, who works with the Florida Juvenile Resentencing and Review Project, told the Sun Sentinel that risky, impulsive behavior is not uncommon when the brains of teenagers are not fully developed.

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