ITALY — After just over one month removed from the initial investigation, Italy Police finally arrested three suspects in connection with the mid-November theft of several firearms. Two of the three suspects — classified as 17-year-old adults — were apprehended Dec. 16, with the third, a minor, turning himself into authorities on Dec. 17.
Italy residents Chasston King, 17, Cade Roberts, 17, and a 15-year-old juvenile have been charged with burglary of a habitation. King was a senior wide receiver and running back for the Italy Gladiators this season. He was not listed on any other athletic rosters.
Italy Police arrested King in the 100 block of LR Campbell Road at the McDonald’s on Dec. 16. The Prosper ISD Police Department arrested Roberts on Dec. 16. Beckham said Roberts had recently moved to Prosper to live with a parent that lived there. Following Roberts' arrest, he was booked into the Collin County Jail.
The third suspect, the 15-year-old juvenile, turned himself in at the Italy Police Department on Dec. 17.
The arrests stem from a Nov. 12 burglary call where police were dispatched to a home in the 700 block of Chad St. Italy Police Chief Cameron Beckham said officers met with the victim and it was determined that several firearms were taken from the residence. The guns included a Palmetto State Armory AR-15, a Smith and Wesson .22-caliber rifle, a .410 Shotgun double barrel, a Remington pump action 20-gauge shotgun and a Browning .22-caliber 1911 style pistol.
Beckham said on of the firearms, the AR-15, was recovered on Nov. 22 in the 300 block of John Davis Road. Police Conducted several interviews with students at Italy High School.
“After interviews with several students at the high school, three names were provided to us,” Beckham said previously. “We spoke to all three individuals and they have admitted responsibility.”
Beckham said during the interviews the three continued to "point fingers" at each other. After the conversations, further investigation was done to determine each of the suspects’ involvement in the offense, with warrants in the case filed in December.
As of Wednesday police have still recovered only the AR-15. The burglary charge the three suspects are facing is a second-degree felony and has a punishment range of two to 20 years.
Residents who have information about this offense are asked to contact the Italy Police Department at 972-483-6414. Anyone with information can also contact the Ellis County Crime Stoppers organization at 972-937-PAYS. Callers can remain anonymous.
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