POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – A 16-year-old boy is under arrest, accused of burglarizing a Sprint store not once, but twice.READ MORE: Fort Lauderdale Police Investigating School Threats
Demetrius Wilson was arrested early Thursday morning.
According to Broward Sheriff’s Office Robbery Detectives. the boy used a rock to gain access to the Sprint Store on E Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach on Sunday morning and again early Tuesday morning.
Surveillance video shows a young man pacing outside the store, then eventually throwing something at the glass door.
On the first attempt, the glass doesn’t break. But the burglar tries again.
When the glass breaks, he runs inside the store and grabs all the display cellphones he could get his hands on.
The crime was carried out in a similar fashion two days later.
BSO investigators said the recognized Wilson from previous interactions and his mother identified him from a photo.READ MORE: Hello Monday, Goodbye Humidity
Detectives say in addition to the Sprint Store break-in, Wilson also played a role in a robbery and carjacking at a Wal-Mart in March.
According to BSO, Wilson and two other young men were at the store when one of them grabbed the car keys from out of Jovana Rakic’s pocket.
“He attacked me and took my key from my private pocket,” Rakic said.
Investigators say 18-year-old Anthony McLeoud was the one who grabbed the keys, but that Wilson was also there as the sped away in Rakic’s Honda Civic.
While she’s glad they made an arrest, Rakic hopes the young men can turn their lives around.
“Do something for yourself. You are young. Believe in a God and play and go to church, or do something smart and not bad,” Rakic said.
Investigators weren’t able to recover any of the phones Wilson is accused of stealing.
They say he admitted to the burglary, but told them he’d already sold the merchandise on the streets.MORE NEWS: New Scam Targeting Florida Drivers
BSO says Wilson was wanted on 22 open juvenile pick-up orders.