CHICKASHA, Okla. - Police in Chickasha say three teenagers were arrested following an overnight burglary.
However, it wasn't your typical break-in.
This time, authorities say the thieves messed with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper.
The crime happened while his car was parked outside a home near the Chickasha Country Club.
Police say the trooper’s back window was broken out, and a rock was found in the backseat.
“People see a police car, a marked police car, and usually they probably expect there’s going to be some kind of weapons, either inside the house or inside the car,” said Capt. Paul Timmons, with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
The thieves got away with the trooper’s AR-15, a 12-gauge shotgun and a whole box of ammunition.
Fortunately, police had an idea about potential suspects who were connected to other burglaries.
“It is a dangerous deal but thanks to an alert neighbor who called in on it, they were able to get on it very quickly and get these guys tracked down,” Capt. Timmons said.
Officers say they found 18-year-old Julian Delk in the garage with the stolen assault rifle hidden inside a bow and arrow case.
Delk told police he “drank a lot of alcohol” and fell asleep only to wake up, he says, and found a juveniles with the stolen weapons.
But instead of reporting the crime, he says he just went back to sleep.
The whole thing was just a big headache for OHP.
“In this instance, we were fortunate because we were able to capture the individuals who committed the burglary and retrieve the weapons,” Capt. Timmons said.
Delk is being held in the Grady County Jail.
Police tell us arrangements were made for the two juveniles to be released to their parents.