LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - Las Cruces Police say that a pair of teenage boys who were suspected of breaking into several businesses in February have now been charged in a home burglary where a gun was fired.
The two teens, ages 15 and 14 are now charged with one count of residential burglary, conspiracy and larceny more than $500. The 15-year-old is also charged with one count of negligent use of a weapon.
The pair is suspected of entering a home in the 2000 block of Bugatti Dr. on Thursday March 8. Around noon homeowner came home around noon and found two teens in her home. She yelled at the boys and they both ran out of the backdoor of the home carrying backpacks.
A neighbor and the homeowner reportedly attempted to chase one of the two boys on foot, when the 15-year-old pulled out a gun and fired one shot into the air.
LCPD were called to the scene but were unable to locate the two boys. Later on the same afternoon, the teens were spotted in an orange Plymouth Neon grabbing backpacks from behind bushes near a restaurant near the home burglary.
A witness was able to identify one of the teen suspects from a photo posted to Facebook.
Investigators say that the two teen boys may have been aided by a male relative who was driving the Neon. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be available.
Last month, the two teens were accused of burglarizing six businesses in the Telshor area including Mother Earth, Tiffany's Pizza, Elle Gem, Oriental Medicine and Salon No. 3 - all on February 12. In those cases, the teens were charged with six counts of non-residential burglary, two counts of criminal damage to property over $1,000, three counts of criminal damage to property under $1,000 and three counts of larceny.
The two teenagers were arrested March 13 on the charges relating to the Telshor burglaries and they remain in custody at the Doña Ana County Detention Center.