Teens charged in armed robbery at pawn shop

Two teens accused of robbing a pawn shop in Pembroke Park at gunpoint ran away after their revolver jammed and an employee confronted them with a shotgun.

Alexander Vargas, 18, of West Park, was arrested Thursday and charged with robbery with a firearm and marijuana possession after his 17-year-old accomplice was taken into custody and confessed to their involvement in the Feb. 25 robbery, a sheriff’s report said.

It was around noon that day when two teens with bandanas covering their faces walked into People’s Pawn Jewelry, 2910 SW 30th Ave., holding a revolver and a crowbar.

According to the report, one of the robbers tried to shoot a worker, but the gun malfunctioned. The other robber smashed a jewelry case with a crowbar.

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