Two high school truants accused of burglarizing Spokane Valley homes were expelled from West Valley High School after officials say they packed stolen firearms near the school on Wednesday.
James Dalton Brux, 18, and a 15-year-old boy were arrested after electronics and guns were stolen from a home in the 7600 block of East Baldwin. Police say the teens also stole electronics from a home in the 7700 block of East Indiana.
Another suspect, 18-year-old Joshua C. Gaylor, was arrested at Brux’s home on North Lilly after police say he hid a stolen rifle and shotgun and was preparing to sell them.
Police also recovered stolen property in the 15-year-old’s bedroom on East Shannon and arrested him after interviewing him and his mother.
Investigators identified the boy after a victim at the East Indiana home said he suspected the boy and a friend were the culprits because they were “known thieves” and had skipped school that day, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department. The boy identified Brux as his accomplice.
Brux is due in Spokane County Superior Court this afternoon on charges of first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and first-degree trafficking stolen property.
Gaylor is to appear on two counts of second-degree possession of a stolen firearm and one count of second-degree possession of stolen property.
The 15-year-old was booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention on charges of first-degree burglary, residential burglary, possession of a stolen firearm and first-degree trafficking stolen property.