CHAMBLEE, Ga. -- Chamblee Police said an armed student was arrested near Chamblee Charter High School in DeKalb County Tuesday afternoon.
According to Chamblee City Manager Marc Johnson, a student tipped off a resource officer at Chamblee Charter High School that someone was across the street with guns. The tipster told the school resource officer the person showed him two handguns and asked where he thought he could sell the guns. There were no threats made, according to police.
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Johnson said police confronted a 16-year-old juvenile outside the school and he was cooperative. He showed police the handguns and told them he stashed more guns near the high school's football stadium.
He eventually told police he stole the guns in a home burglary, according to Johnson. "What he told the investigators so far is that he did do the burglary, he's admitted burglarizing the house," he said. "He says his intent was simply to sell the weapons for money."
Police found a couple duffle bags behind the stadium and called in DeKalb County's bomb squad as a precaution. Johnson said they found long guns inside the duffle bags.
The guns came from a home on Spring Street behind the school. It is the home of Steve Hyslip. Hyslip told 11Alive News he has called the school to complain because he often sees students skipping classes in his back yard.
"I've chased them away several times out of the back," Hyslip said. "It's not surprising that eventually somebody was going to break into my house."
The burglar broke into Hyslip's home by smashing through his back door. Hyslip said a computer tablet, a coin collection and an Xbox were missing also.
Police said it appears that the 16-year-old was trying to sell the guns outside the high school. Johnson said there is no indication he intended to bring the guns into the school.
Police aren't identifying the 16-year-old because he is a juvenile. Johnson said he was a student at the high school but was on suspension when he was arrested.
Students told 11 Alive News the principal announced on the intercom that the school was on Level 3 Alert. "Basically we turn off the lights, everybody is supposed to stay quiet, the teachers close the door and lock the door and just stay calm," said senior Allie Johnson.
Another student said it was unnerving at first. "Everyone in the class room was just kind of like squeamish and trying to figure out what was going on," he said.
Parents were seen picking up students at a Quiznos Restaurant on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. Johnson said that the school was never officially on lockdown, and that the principal never felt the students were in danger. The students were held in class while police questioned the suspect and searched the area.
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