Two juveniles each face a felony burglary charge after allegedly breaking into a Redstone home and stealing a handgun, bullets and jewelry.
The alleged robbery was apparently an idea that the two had during an Aug. 18 sleepover, according to an incident report from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
The two parties — whose names and birth dates were redacted in the report because they are both juveniles — “wore black clothes and a mask” and brought a backpack to the house. They were familiar enough with the alleged victim that they “knew nobody was home,” and so they were able to enter through the front door.
The estimated value of the several stolen rings — up to 20 — was $1,200 or more, and the .357 magnum handgun was worth about $500, according to the report.
The victim reiterated to officers that she did not want to press charges against the youths, saying she did not want to see any young lives “ruined over this incident,” according to a supplemental report.
That said, the victim eventually “understood” when explained to her that the purpose of the juvenile court system is to curtail behavior early, before it potentially escalates in adulthood.
Authorities contacted the suspects Aug. 20 and they were issued summonses to appear in juvenile court.