HOLIDAY — An eighth-grader at Paul R. Smith Middle School is accused of breaking into a 44-year-old man's home and ransacking it Tuesday morning.
The 14-year-old and another teenage boy entered the home on Abacus Road in Holiday and ripped drywall off the walls and ceiling, cut electrical wires, smashed furniture, and shattered windows and lights, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
The resident came home at 11 a.m. and found the boys standing on his bed, breaking apart his ceiling with a hammer, a report states. The boys threatened the resident with the hammer and then fled.
The Sheriff's Office estimates the damage at $30,000.
The 14-year-old, whose name is being withheld because he is a minor, was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with armed burglary and criminal mischief, and is in juvenile custody.
The other boy is at large.