By Victor Lopez
MIDLAND - Sheriff Painter tells NewsWest 9, this case is a perfect example of law enforcement and the public working together to protect the community.
Sheriff Painter says it was the actions of a good neighbor that landed five teens in trouble.
Midland Police were called to a neighborhood near Ruby and Thomason, after the teens were seen tossing guns over a fence.
When authorities arrived, they found out that the weapons had actually been stolen from a home out in the county.
Authorities also found out that one of the suspects, identified as Curtis Perkins, was related to the homeowners.
The stolen items include two pistols, four or five shotguns, some rifles and ammunition.
Painter says while they're not exactly sure what the teens planned to do with the stolen weapons, he has a pretty good idea.
"Primarily, when people take weapons like that, when they're not working and they don't have any money on them, they're taking them for money. They're going to trade them or sell them. Many, many times they do it for narcotics. In my estimation, that's what they were doing," Painter said.
The teens range in age from 16 to 19 years old. Curtis Perkins was held on an outstanding city warrant. The other four teens were released.
When all the paperwork has been done, all the suspects will be charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, which is a first degree felony.
Sheriff Painter says they should have all the warrants served by Thursday.
If found guilty, the teens are looking at 5 to 99 years, or life in prison.