Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando deputies: Boy, 13, stole AK-47, ammo while cleaning home with mom

SPRING HILL — A 13-year-old boy was arrested Thursday after Hernando County deputies said he stole an AK-47 assault rifle earlier this month while helping his mother clean a home.

The teen faces a charge of grand theft of a firearm, a felony. The Times is not publishing his name because he is a juvenile.

On or around Feb. 12, the boy was helping his mother, a housekeeper, at a home on Dow Lane in Spring Hill. While there, he took a rifle bag with the AK-47, numerous rounds of ammunition and several magazines, authorities said.

A Hernando County Sheriff's Office detective notified the teen's mother of the theft, and she eventually found the bag hidden in her son's closet.

The rifle and its accessories were returned to the owner, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said the teen confessed to taking the bag "because he really liked it and knew that his mother would never buy him one," according to a news release. He told deputies he had no intention of using it.

He was arrested and taken to the Marion Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Ocala.

The teen has not been linked to any other crimes.

Sheriff Al Nienhuis used the arrest as an opportunity to caution owners about properly securing firearms, citing several recent accidental shootings in the Tampa Bay area.

"This is a situation that could have ended in tragedy," Nienhuis said.

Hernando deputies: Boy, 13, stole AK-47, ammo while cleaning home with mom 02/24/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 24, 2012 7:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Port Tampa Bay secures $9 million grant to deepen Big Bend Channel


    Port Tampa Bay has secured a $9 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the widening and deepening of the Big Bend Channel in southern Hillsborough County.

  2. Photos of the week: 20 great images from around the globe


    This week's collection of the most interesting photos from around the world features a silhouetted surfer in France, images of joy and grief from England, a massive landslide in California, a life rescued and a life lost at sea, an image from the final performance of "the greatest show on Earth" and, just for kicks, a …

    BIARRITZ, FRANCE - MAY 24:  Guillermo Satt of Chile in action whilst competing in the Men's Qualifying Round 2 during day five of the ISA World Surfing Games 2017 at Grande Plage  on May 24, 2017 in Biarritz, France.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
  3. What to watch this weekend: Grateful Dead documentary, 'House of Cards' returns Tuesday


    The Grateful Dead: Long Strange Trip

    Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in Season 5 of House of Cards on Netflix.
  4. Florida TaxWatch calls out $180 million of questionable spending in state budget


    Florida TaxWatch, a Tallahassee thinktank, has released its annual "budget turkey" list that calls on Gov. Rick Scott to veto nearly $180 million in special projects tucked into the budget, mostly in transportation.

    Kurt Wenner, Florida TaxWatch's vice president for research, presents the organization's 2017 turkey list.
  5. U.S. plans first test of ICBM intercept, with North Korea on mind


    WASHINGTON — Preparing for North Korea's growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday.

    n this May 21 file photo people watch a TV news program showing a file image of a missile launch conducted by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. With North Korea's nuclear missile threat in mind, the Pentagon is planning a missile defense test next week that for the first time will target an intercontinental-range missile.