NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A teenager who was labeled a hero and met President Bush after turning in a boy who planned a high school attack admitted in juvenile court Friday that he had recently broke into the wannabe attacker’s home.

The 14-year-old told a judge that he was involved in two break-ins into the other teen’s home in the past few weeks. Two other ninth-graders also admitted they went into Dillon Cossey’s Plymouth Township home through an unlocked rear window at least once.

Prosecutors told the judge the teens took air guns, CDs, cash, jewelry, DVDs, video games and video game accessories.

All three teens were found delinquent and will be sentenced within a month. They could be sentenced, at most, to juvenile detention until they turn 21.

Brian McLaughlin, attorney for the tipster teen, wouldn’t discuss why his client had broken into the home, saying “it’s obviously something he didn’t think through.” He said the teen had “a lot of notoriety to deal with at such a young age.”

“He’s been through a lot,” McLaughlin said. “He’s a good kid.”

Authorities were alerted to the teens’ involvement by officials at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, where the defendants are students. The tipster allegedly tried to sell some of the stolen goods to classmates, who reported him to school officials, Assistant District Attorney Sharon Giamporcaro said.

Last year, Cossey was sentenced to up to seven years in a juvenile treatment center after admitting that he had planned to attack Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. Authorities do not think Cossey was close to pulling it off; he had no ammunition.

Cossey, who was home-schooled, had told his friend that he wanted to stage an attack similar to the 1999 assault on Columbine High School in Colorado because “the world would be better off without bullies,” according to prosecutors.

The 14-year-old friend then told authorities, who searched Cossey’s Plymouth Township home on Oct. 11. They found a 9 mm rifle, about 30 air-powered guns modeled to look like higher-powered weapons, swords, knives, a bomb-making book, videos of the Columbine attack and violence-filled notebooks.

Bush briefly met with the informant at Philadelphia International Airport in late October on his way to a private fundraiser.

The Associated Press does not typically identify juveniles in routine criminal cases.


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