Teen Trio Arrested in Connection to Clay County Burglary Ring

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KEARNEY, Mo. -- Three teen burglary suspects are facing serious charges after authorities say that the trio masterminded a burglary ring that included the theft of guns and prescription drugs.

Authorities say that Chance Brooks, 17, Colby Tester, 17, and an unidentified 16-year-old boy stole guns, money and prescription medications from several home burglaries across Clay County in recent weeks.

Brooks is charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of theft of a firearm, and is now being held in the Clay County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond. Tester faces two counts of burglary, one count of stealing a credit card and one count of stealing a firearm, and is in jail in lieu of $35,000 bond.

The unidentified 16-year-old is being held in the Clay County Juvenile Justice Center.

Clay County homeowner Kim Reynolds says that she thinkd the teens climbed through an open garage window before stealing five guns, money and random odd items like blood pressure medication and muscle relaxers from her home.

"(One of the guns) they took was very dear to us," said Reynolds. "It belonged to my dad and my husband's dad, but we retrieved it. So I'm happy for that."

Reynolds says that she is no longer leaving her windows open, and is investing in an alarm system for her home.

"I couldn't sleep last night," said Reynolds.

The teens are due back in court on May 7.

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