Thursday, May 24, 2018
Public safety

Three Sunlake High students arrested on burglary charges

LUTZ — Two Sunlake High School students who ran away earlier this month were arrested Friday, after deputies said they broke into a house to steal guns, knives and other things before their getaway.

The two runaways and another boy, all 16, broke into a house on Dec. 17 and stole seven guns, two knives, a carved pipe collection, liquor and cigars while the homeowner was away, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states.

They returned to the home on Fox Chapel Drive the next day to smoke marijuana and watch pay-per-view on the victim's television, the report said.

Two of the boys fled the afternoon of Jan. 10, bound for Knoxville, Tenn. They left behind a note indicating they had a gun with them, putting more deputies on guard Jan. 11 at Sunlake High.

Sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin said the deputies were there as a safety precaution and the note had not made any threats toward the school.

Less than a week later, the boys called their parents from Knoxville, saying they had run out of gas. Within days, they were brought back to Pasco County.

Rumors of the burglary flourished at the school and soon found their way to deputies who questioned the boys. Two of the teens admitted to the crimes. All three were arrested Friday on burglary charges. Some of the loot was recovered, the report states, but six guns are still missing.

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