Two young pet sitters charged with theft

April 19, 1994|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

Two West Middle School students are accused of taking three semiautomatic weapons, jewelry, rare coins and cash from a neighbor's house where they were animal sitting, police reported over the weekend.

The students, a 13-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl, are charged as juveniles in the theft of $4,017 worth of items between March 30 and April 6 while the owners of the house were in North Carolina.

The boy was given the key to the house, on Warren Road, to feed the family's pets, police said.

After discovering three guns missing from a night stand, the owners checked the house, found that the other items also were missing and called police.

Tfc. Robert M. Breeding said the 13-year-old, who was questioned by police, turned the guns over to him and all the property was recovered.

The trooper said the boy's mother found a letter describing how the boy and a girl were going to form a "gang" after getting guns and money, and gave the letter to police.

Investigators said they questioned the girl, who allegedly was in the house with the boy when the thefts occurred.

Both youths, who were released to their parents' custody, are charged with theft and conspiracy, police said.

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