Three Lakota West students plead guilty in brazen home burglary

WEST CHESTER TWP., Ohio – Three Lakota West High School students fired two guns and stole them and a car during a brazen home burglary, police said.

A neighbor, Rick Ret, couldn’t believe it.

"It's kinda scary knowing that they would break into a house in the middle of the day, take a couple of guns and discharge them in the basement, then actually go into the garage, take all of the things they stole, put them into the trunk of the car and steal the car," Ret told WCPO Wednesday.

“I don’t know what they were thinking. Yeah, it’s a head-scratcher,” West Chester police officer Michelle Berling said.

The three boys - ages 17, 17 and 16 - pleaded guilty in Butler County juvenile court Wednesday. 

Police said they broke into a home on Overglen Drive on Dec.  22.

Ret said he was shocked he didn't hear the gunshots.

"Actually I was cooking dinner and watching football at the same time," he said.

"I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary -  I mean, it was very quiet until around 6 o'clock or so when the police showed up.”

Another neighbor noticed the crime and called 911.

After a description of the car was released, police found the teens driving it that night.

The homeowners declined to go on camera, saying they are trying to forget the whole ordeal.

Two teens pleaded guilty to burglary; the other pleaded guilty to attempting to receive stolen property.

They will be sentenced on Feb. 7.

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