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Teens arrested in Nine Mile Falls firearm burglary

Thu., June 10, 2010, 10:33 a.m.

Three 17-year-old boys have been arrested in a Memorial Day weekend burglary in which more than 20 firearms were stolen.

Detectives recovered about $5,000 in stolen property, including several guns, after a tip to Crime Stoppers led them to the suspects, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Two are accused of breaking into the home and stealing electronics, firearms and alcohol; the third boy is accused of helping sell the stolen items.

Detectives still are looking for pistols that have been sold or traded, but “much of the stolen property is already back in the homeowner’s possession,” according to a news release.

The homeowner left about 10 a.m. May 29 and returned May 31 about 4:30 p.m. to find the home ransacked.

The boys knew the homeowner was away for the weekend, according to the sheriff’s office.

Crime Stoppers offered the reward after the homeowner couldn’t identify the make, model caliber or serial number of the stolen firearms.

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