HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – A 12-year-old, 14-year-old, and 17-year-old are all facing charges after being caught in the act burglarizing a home Sunday afternoon.
Police say they arrived to find the three suspects inside a home on Ridgeway Avenue just before 4 p.m.
The homeowner, who did not want to be identified for privacy reasons, says officers found the suspects in his shower.
The man, who is in the Navy and bought the home this summer, says he left his backyard gate open. The suspects used a trashcan to reach a window and then smashed their way into the home through a bedroom, according to the man.
Police say the burglary was still in progress when they arrived, and they quickly took the three suspects into custody.
The homeowner says when he came home about an hour later, his electronics were scattered across his bed next to a loaded stolen firearm.
“The police asked me, ‘Is this your gun?’ I said, ‘I don’t carry a gun.'”
“I was surprised there was a gun … and knowing juveniles had access to a gun is very dangerous,” said the homeowner.
Police say the juveniles are each charged with one count of burglary while armed, one count of possession of a firearm by a juvenile, one count of possession of a stolen firearm, one count of attempted grand larceny and one count of possession of burglary tools.
Officers say they located several items near the bedroom window where the suspects entered, which they believe they were preparing to steal. Officers also seized the stolen gun.