Winchester Police Officers responded to the 2300 block of South Pleasant Valley Road around 3:15 a.m. for the report of a weapon being brandished. An investigation at the scene revealed that three juveniles and an 18-year-old had broken into Church of Christ at Mountain View on Narrow Lane in Frederick County, and had stolen items out of unlocked vehicles in Winchester. A gun was one of the items taken from the unlocked cars. Alexander Michael Ritter, 18, of Winchester, called police after he became concerned about the juveniles having a gun inside of a vehicle in a parking lot on South Pleasant Valley Road. Officers made contact with the juveniles and recovered the firearm. Ritter is charged with grand larceny, three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of marijuana, and breaking and entering out of Frederick County. He was taken to the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center and held without bond.
The three juveniles are a 14-year-old male from Winchester, a 15-year-old male from Winchester, and a 16-year-old male from Powhatan, VA. Officers have filed for a juvenile petition for grand larceny against each of them. Other charges against the juveniles are pending. They were all taken to the Northwestern Regional Juvenile Detention Center. It is still being determined how many cars were broken into.