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Two Burleson teens arrested in burglary

A pair of Burleson teens -- a boy and a girl, both 16 -- were arrested earlier this week by a SWAT team in a burglary in the Oak Valley subdivision, according to reports.

The suspects are "connected to multiple offenses in Johnson County," said Sally Ellertson, spokeswoman for the city of Burleson.

They were arrested after the Burleson SWAT team executed a "high-risk" search warrant at a home in the 9000 block of County Road 528, which is a rural area on the city's southeast side.

"Property valued at approximately $10,000 was recovered," Ellertson said.

SWAT, along with the STOP Special Crimes Unit, were deployed because officers were concerned that the teens might have been armed with guns stolen from earlier heists, Ellertson said.

At least two offenses, an aggravated robbery and a home burglary, were reported Monday, she said.

"The aggravated robbery in Johnson County took place while the homeowners were home," she said. "A handgun belonging to the victim and personal property were taken."

Also Monday, a home was burglarized in Oak Valley in Burleson.

"A laptop computer, alcoholic beverages, at least one shotgun, jewelry and other personal property were taken," she said.

A witness saw two teens Monday at a Burleson park discarding property in the parking lot. The witness called Burleson Police with the license plate number of a Ford Explorer that the teenagers were driving.

"The description of the suspects in the Johnson County case resembled the description the witness gave to Burleson Police," Ellertson said.

Police and sheriff's deputies began a joint investigation.

A Burleson officer on Tuesday stopped a Ford Explorer that matched the description of the one in the earlier reports.

It was not immediately clear who was driving the sports utility vehicle, but Ellertson said the stop led to the home on Country Road 528 where the suspects were arrested.

"Detectives from the two departments searched the property for several hours," Ellertson said. "As a result, guns, jewelry, digital cameras, laptop computers and assorted personal items were seized."

The suspects' names were unavailable because they are juveniles, but both face burglary charges, Ellertson said.

Most of the stolen property has been identified and returned to the owners, she said.

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