According to Longmont police, Officer Cary Nickolls saw the three teens at about 1:40 a.m., approaching Sports Authority, 2251 Ken Pratt Boulevard. When he stopped the three, police said, Nickolls found one teen hiding a set of bolt cutters behind his leg and another hiding a “loot bag” under his jacket.
One boy ran from the scene but was caught by police. A truck the teens had driven to the area was found hidden several blocks away, police said.
Cmdr. Tim Lewis of the police department said they had a variety of other tools usable for break-ins, and that none of the adolescents had a prior record for burglary.
“These boys weren’t on the radar at all,” Lewis said. “Just a new summertime job for them — and not an appropriate use of their time.”
The boys — aged 15, 16 and 17 — face possible charges of attempted burglary and possession of burglary tools. In a report, Lewis said detectives also believe the boys are responsible for:
An attempted June 11 burglary at K-Mart, 2151 Main St.
A June 11 burglary at Tables and Tea Cups, 1420 Nelson Road.
A June 16 burglary at Sports Authority.
An attempted burglary on June 20 or 21 at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 210 Ken Pratt Boulevard.
Lewis said several items from the previous burglaries had been recovered, including swords, knives, pellet guns, airsoft guns and bear spray.