AMARILLO -- An off duty officer caught a 14-year-old male breaking into cars in the 4100 block of Prairie around 10:10 p.m. Thursday night.
During the investigation, witnesses saw two different people prowling around the parking lots and getting into at least one vehicle in an adjacent parking lot.
The off-duty officer approached the suspect, identifing himself as an Officer.
When the suspect turned around and the officer was able to see the handle of a large bowie knife sticking out of his waistband. The suspect started reaching for the knife as the officer yelled commands to the suspect to get on the ground.
After securing the suspect in a patrol car, officers recovered the large bowie knife that the suspect had in his waistband as well as several dollars worth of currency, a cell phone and chargers that are believed to have been stolen.
The suspect is a reported runaway from Dumas. The juvenile is also a suspect in a disorderly conduct incident and a stolen auto case from Dumas that occurred earlier in the day.
The juvenile was transported and booked into the Youth Center of the High Plains on a charge of Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon. Additional charges are pending.
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