J-Town High Student admits to stealing guns from cars, police say

17-year-old accused of stealing guns from vehicles

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Louisville Metro Police in the 7th Division have arrested a 17-year-old Jeffersontown High School student for theft. 

Police said the teen admitted to breaking into vehicles in early October and stealing four guns. 

Two of the stolen guns to a local police officer.  7Th Division Major Kim Burbrink said they were taken out of the trunk of that officer’s personal vehicle, parked at home in the driveway. 

Police said the teen is charged with four counts of theft for unlawful taking of a firearm and is also accused of stealing a credit card and using it. 

“Juvenile crime is not a new concept,” Major Burbrink said. “Just because a juvenile is a student or under the age of 18 does not mean they cannot be a criminal, or that they cannot be dangerous.  This is not a new concept so what we're trying to push is for parents to be involved, be nosy even, know where your child is, who they are hanging out with, which social media sites they're on, what they're posting to social media and certainly know and be aware of what your child is bringing into your home.”

Police said they discovered the guns inside the teenager's room almost immediately, after being called to the home for a disturbance on Thursday. Police will not release the exact location of the home, only to say that it was in the East End, near Jeffersontown. 

Police say this arrest has no connection to the fight at Jeffersontown High School that lead to an officer being attacked and a student being tazed earlier this month.

Police are currently investigating the possibility that another student at Jeffersontown High is involved in the theft of these guns, as well. 

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