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Probation for home invasion

Landon Cremeens (top left), Caleb Hester (top center), Kerion James (top right), Nikolas Kebrdle (bottom left), Carlos Perkins (bottom center) and Matthew Petersen were sentenced to probation after pleading guilty in a 2016 home invasion case. Police said the men burst into a West County apartment armed with AK-47s. 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • Six St. Louis-area teenagers have been charged with an armed home invasion and robbery at an apartment complex in west St. Louis County.

Police say the teens entered an apartment about 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1400 block of Woodcrest Manor Court armed with two AK-47s, a Glock pistol and other weapons and took wallets from at least two people. Authorities said some of the teens were acquainted with the victims.

Charged with robbery, burglary and armed criminal action are:

  • Landon Cremeens, 18, of the 400 block of Brightspur Lane in Ballwin
  • Caleb Hester, 18, of the 900 block of Clayworth Drive in Ballwin
  • Kerion James, 17, of the 3300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in St. Louis
  • Nikolas Kebrdle, 18, of the 300 block of Wildbrier Drive in Ballwin
  • Carlos Perkins, 17, of the 2700 block of Russell Boulevard in St. Louis
  • Matthew Petersen, 18, of the 1100 block of Templeton Place in Town and Country

The AK-47s were later recovered from a truck police say belonged to Cremeens.

Each was being held at the St. Louis County Jail on a $250,000 bail. Charges say the victims identified the teens as the intruders in a photo lineup.

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The teens were students in the Parkway School District, a spokeswoman confirmed. Cremeens, Hester, Kebrdle, and Petersen attend Parkway West High School; James and Perkins attend Parkway South High School.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Matthew Petersen's last name was misspelled in an earlier version of this story based on information in court documents. The story has been corrected.

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