Arrests made in weapons case at high school

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Five juveniles have been identified in connection with a case involving weapons found at Standley Lake High School two weeks ago in Westminster.

Three juveniles, whom Westminster Police are currently in the process of obtaining an arrest warrant for, are facing charges of second-degree burglary of a dwelling, possession of deadly weapons on educational property and interference with staff, faculty or students of educational institutions. Two other juveniles are being charged with a misdemeanor of theft by receiving.

According to Westminster police, around 12:50 p.m. on Feb. 20, a campus supervisor was conducting a routine school property check, when he found a shotgun and a lever action style rifle between two sheds near the athletic fields. At that time the school was put on “lockout” securing the school from anyone entering or leaving the facility.

Officers swept the interior of the building and searched the outside premises of the school and surrounding area. Investigator Cheri Spottke said during the search, officers discovered a home in the 9000 block of 103rd Avenue, that shares a fence line with the school, that was broken into.

“Officers discovered two additional hunting rifles that had been thrown over the fence and were also on school property,” Spottke said. “In addition to the guns, several personal belongings from the home were found in the area.”

Police said the home owner did identify all four weapons and the other items taken during the burglary.