Three of the four Middletown High School students who entered a Middletown home in the 2200 block of Tytus Avenue, displayed guns and stole guns and jewelry were sentenced this week by Judge Ronald Craft in Butler County Juvenile Court. Two were sentenced to the Ohio Department of Youth Services and the third was sentenced to the Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center. RICK McCRABB/STAFF

2 Middletown students sentenced to 12 months for aggravated burglary

A 17-year-old and a 15-year-old, who earlier pleaded “true” to aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony, theft of a firearm and tampering with evidence, third-degree felonies, and carrying a concealed weapon and obstructing official business, fifth-degree felonies, were sentenced to 12 months in the Ohio Department of Youth Services by Judge Ronald Craft this week.

They were transferred from the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center, according to records.

A third juvenile, a 15-year-old, was charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, and he was sentenced to the Butler County Juvenile Rehabilitation Center for an undetermined time. The average stay is five months, according to juvenile court.

All three were ordered not to have contact with each other or the victims and to pay $635 in restitution.

A fourth teen, a 16-year-old, pleaded “not true” to the charges, and he will have his trial at 9 a.m. Oct. 1 before Judge Kathleen Romans.

The Journal-News is not naming the suspects because they are under 18.

On July 16, the suspects allegedly entered a Middletown home in the 2200 block of Tytus Avenue, displayed guns and stole guns and jewelry, according to Middletown police. They allegedly demanded a juvenile in the home to open a safe where four firearms were stolen, according to a Middletown police report obtained by The Journal-News. Witnesses told police they heard one suspect tell the teen who lived in the house to open the safe or he’d be shot.

Maj. David Birk said police recovered three guns allegedly used in the burglary. No shots were fired inside the Tytus Avenue residence and no one was injured, he said. At least four people were inside the residence at the time of the burglary, according to the report.

Birk said police recovered jewelry and guns allegedly stolen during the home invasion. The guns belonged to the grandfather of the boy who lives on Tytus Avenue, police said.

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