Ada County Sheriff's deputies arrested two 19-year-old men for stealing rifles, a shotgun, and handguns from a Kuna home earlier this week and then leaving them damaged in Kuna Cave.
Maximillian Alexander Raley and Dustin Markus Meuser are both being held in the Ada County Jail on felony grand theft charges in connection with the case.
Sheriffs officials say the teens admitted to stealing the guns and other items from the home including CDs DVDs, and a poker set, a ring, an X-Box system and games, backpacks, a knife, and flashlights some of which they sold a pawn shop. What is not clear is why they damaged the guns instead of keeping them or trying to sell them.
Deputies began investigating the case Nov. 8 when a man living in the 1100 block of South Isabella Street in Kuna told deputies several items worth about $12,000 had been stolen from his home overnight while he slept including seven guns.
The 32-year-old man told detectives no one else had been in his home and had no idea what happened.
The next break in the case came Sunday morning, when deputies were sent to Kuna Cave Sunday morning after getting a phone call from someone who found rifles, a shotgun, and two handguns inside. Investigators say the long guns had been broken apart.
Detectives identified the teens as suspects after finding a receipt with Raleys name on it near where the guns were found, along with some other papers with the homeowners name on them.
Deputies later figured out Raley was living with Meuser out of a pickup truck in the Kuna area, and that Meuser sold items stolen from the home to Meridian pawn shop, according to reports.
It was when deputies found and talked to Raley and Meuser late Tuesday night that they confessed to the stealing the guns and other stuff and also described a bizarre set of events that preceded the thefts, according to reports.
The teens say they had not met the homeowner before Wednesday evening, when they saw him at a convenience store in Kuna and asked to borrow some electrical tape.
The teens say the man told them to follow to his home on Isabella Street, where he would give them tape. The teens told deputies that once they went inside, the man showed them several guns, told them they needed to stay for drinks, and pointed a gun at them and told them they couldnt leave until they drank alcohol with him.
The teens told deputies they drank with the man until he fell asleep. Thats when the teens said they took the guns and other items and left. They also admitting to damaging the guns and leaving them in the cave, but sheriff's reports do not say why.
In addition to the guns and items found at the pawn shop, deputies also say they found items in the truck the teens were living in that were from the Isabella Street home.
Sheriffs officials say they are still investigating what happened and have not yet made any decisions on if the homeowner will be charged with any crimes in connection with the case.
Raley and Meuser are being held in the jail on $75,000 and $200,000 bonds. A preliminary hearing on the case is set for Nov. 28.
The crime of grand theft if punishable by up to 14 years in prison.