Teen arraigned for armed burglary, thefts

     A Whitley County teenager had his first court appearance Monday as an adult after he was waived from juvenile court to answer charges that he and another teen allegedly broke into several homes, including one where they were armed with guns.

     Seventeen-year-old Luke Cabiya is charged with a class B felony burglary, class D felonies of theft and possession of stolen property, and a class A misdemeanor charge of possession of a handgun without a permit.

     He is being held at the Whitley County Jail on $100,000 surety bond.

     According to an investigation from the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Cabiya and 18-year-old William Mullins committed several burglaries and thefts in rural Whitley County, the most recent of which was a home break-in July 20.

     At that burglary, the homeowner returned to his house as one of the teens climbed out a window of the house, armed with a gun.

     The homeowner told police the teen pointed the gun at him and fled. Mullins and Cabiya were arrested at a traffic stop shortly thereafter by sheriff’s deputies and South Whitley police.

     In the car, police found three guns, a stolen .40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, a stolen pump shotgun and a single-barrel shotgun. Police have since recovered other stolen property.

     Mullins had a pre-trial conference Monday on the same charges. Both teens will have their next court appearances in late September.