A shotgun and a rifle found at Standley Lake High School in Westminster were discovered to be part of a home break-in close to the school.
According to Westminster police, around 12:50 p.m. on Feb. 20, a campus supervisor was conducting a routine school property check, when he found a shotgun and a lever action style rifle between two sheds near the athletic fields. At that time the school was put on “lockout” securing the school from anyone entering or leaving the facility.
Officers looked through the interior of the building and searched the outside premises of the school and surrounding area. Investigator Cheri Spottke said officers discovered a home in the 9000 block of 103rd Avenue that shares a fence line with the school had been broken into.
“Officers discovered two additional hunting rifles that had been thrown over the fence and were also on school property,” Spottke said. “In addition to the guns, several personal belongings from the home were found in the area.”
Police don't believe the weapons were a threat against the school, students or staff. Two juveniles who don't attend Standley Lake were contacted, but police haven't made any arrests and are looking into why they were on school property, Spottke said.
Students were released from school shortly after their normal end time and a few after school activities were cancelled. School resumed as normal the following day. Police are asking parents of Standley Lake to speak with their children and call police if they believe their child has any information about the burglary or who left the guns on school property.