Teens held after guns, ammunition stolen from Fruita home

Two boys are being held in youth detention on suspicion burglarizing a home in Fruita, where they stole firearms, ammunition and other items before fleeing in a pickup truck, the Fruita Police Department said today.

Police were called around 10 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a burglary at 1189 Woodland Ct., while the person who’d called 911 provided officers the license plate number of a white Ford pickup that left the area. The reporting party also identified one of the suspects.

Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies stopped the truck in the area of 24 and H roads.

Suspected stolen property from the Woodland Court home included a .22 caliber rifle, a .410 caliber shotgun, various boxes of ammunition and two laptop computers, according to a Fruita police news release. Three people inside the truck — a 17-year-old boy, a 14-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl — were detained and interviewed.

While the girl was released to her mother, the boys were jailed Tuesday night at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center on no-bond warrants including failure to comply and failure to appear. Charges specific to the burglary haven’t been determined, Police Chief Mark Angelo said.

The release said other questions wouldn’t be answered because of ongoing investigation.


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