HARDIN COUNTY — Law enforcement officers have arrested a 15-year-old Lumberton High School student accused of leaving the campus, burglarizing a relative's home and taking two guns, according to information Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins provided to KFDM/Fox 4 News.
Sullins says the 15-year-old left campus Thursday morning. He's accused of going to a relative's home about 1 1/2 to 2 miles away and taking two guns. The homeowner reported the burglary.
The high school and intermediate school were under a partial, modified lockdown because of the student leaving the campus and the report of two weapons missing from the burglarized home.
Chief Sullins says Lumberton ISD, Lumberton PD, the Hardin County Sheriff's Office, DPS, Kountze PD and Sour Lake PD all helped search for the teen. Deputies arrested him in a wooded area.
"This shows how Hardin County law enforcement works together," said Chief Sullins.
Sheriff Mark Davis tells KFDM/Fox 4 the teen is in juvenile detention and will be charged with Burglary, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest/Detention. Two are felonies and one is a misdemeanor.
Officers recovered the guns and a side by side the teen is accused of taking until it ran out of gas.
"All protocol was followed, education resumed and the students are fine," said Sheriff Davis. "We created a human shield between the schools and the crime scene."