Longmont police arrest four teens in car theft and series of flare gun firings

Longmont police have arrested four teenage boys who are suspected of stealing a car overnight and then firing a flare gun from inside the car at several locations.

Longmont police Cmdr. Joel Post said a maroon Chevy Impala was stolen from the east side of Longmont overnight.

This morning, a vehicle matching that description was seen at three separate instances in which someone in a car fired a flare gun at buildings or fields.

The first incident occurred at 5:30 a.m. at King Soopers, 2255 Main St., when the suspect fired the flare gun into the store and then fled.

At 5:35 a.m., a car pulled up in front of a house on Pratt Street and fired a flare gun into the house, causing a small amount of damage inside the house.

Then at 6:10 a.m., someone in a car fired a flare gun into a field off of Airport Road, causing a small fire that was quickly extinguished.

Post said there were no injuries reported in any of the incidents.

At about 9:30 a.m., police found the Impala abandoned in northwest Longmont, with the flare gun inside.

Police were able to identify two male suspects, and were then able to apprehend four teen males between the ages of 13 and 14.

All four were taken into custody and could be facing various charges. Because they are all under the age of 18, their names have not been released.

Post said police are trying to determine if there was a reason behind the locations targeted and if there were other locations the teens may have fired flares.