Stolen gun leads police to 2 teens

Saturday, December 3, 2011

BERRYVILLE -- Two Berryville youths have been arrested for burglary after the mother of one found a stolen gun and reported the pistol to police.

According to authorities, the two 15-year-old boys broke into a Magnolia Village apartment late in the day on Monday, Nov. 21, by manipulating a security stick in a sliding glass door.

Authorities say the pair were looking for a crime of opportunity when they discovered an unoccupied apartment. The resident was out of town at the time.

A pistol, a laptop computer and jewelry were taken from the apartment.

The following evening, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, two laptop computers, an Xbox system and a digital camera were stolen from a high school classroom, located in a stand-alone building on campus.

Police say one of the teenagers acted alone on this caper, gaining entry through an unlocked window.

The boys were caught when the mother of one found a pistol in her boy's bedroom and called police.

Authorities say the pistol was linked to the apartment heist by description and a serial number match.

A subsequent interview with the youth led police to the second suspect, who was implicated in both crimes and charged with residential burglary, commercial burglary and two counts of theft of property.

The other youth was arrested for residential burglary and theft of property for the apartment break-in and theft.

One was released to his parents and the other detained by juvenile authorities, police say.

Police recovered the pistol and jewelry from the apartment heist, but not the computer. Both laptops stolen from the classroom were recovered, along with part of the Xbox system, but not the digital camera.

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