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Danville police charge three teens with stealing guns, vehicle

Last updated Monday, Jan. 27.

Danville police have arrested two juveniles and a Boyle County football player for allegedly breaking into a firearms and ammunition business and stealing nine guns.

Landen Bartleson, 18, of Harrodsburg and the two male juveniles, both age 16, have been charged with first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief for the burglary that allegedly occurred at On Target in Danville Thursday night or early Friday morning, according to a news release from the Danville Police Department.

Police also connected the three to the theft of a Lexus that occurred on Centre College’s campus during the same timeframe, according to the release. The three have been charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000 in relation to the vehicle theft.

Police responded to On Target shortly after 8 a.m. Friday to investigate a burglary that had occurred overnight, according to the release.

“Investigators determined that the suspects entered the business after smashing a window. Once inside, multiple weapons were removed,” the release states.

Police recovered all nine firearms that had been stolen. Bartleson was being held at the Boyle County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash bond Monday. According to jail records, he has also been charged with second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

The juveniles were taken to the Adair County Regional Juvenile Detention Center, according to Danville police.

Bartleson is a senior at Boyle County High School and was a standout player for the Boyle County Rebels football team. He earned a scholarship to play at Notre Dame starting next school year, but Notre released him from his letter of intent following the arrest.