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Teen charged with armed burglary after Spring Hill homeowner holds him at gunpoint

SPRING HILL — Authorities say a man held a teenager at gunpoint until sheriff's deputies arrived Friday morning after the 17-year-old broke into a car and stole a gun, then ran to a nearby home.

Just after 4 a.m., Brian Werner, who owns a home at 6535 Grapewood Drive, heard his dogs barking and a thud in his back yard, according to an arrest report. Werner grabbed his gun and went outside, where he heard someone rustling in the bushes.

Werner found the boy on the other side of his fence with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol he apparently had stolen from a house on Landover Boulevard.

During questioning, the boy told officers he saw deputies in the area where he had stolen the gun and started running through back yards, according to the report.

Officers later discovered that Werner's sliding-glass door had been opened, but the boy denied trying to break into the house.

Police arrested the 17-year-old, whom the Times is not naming because he is a juvenile, on an armed burglary charge.

Teen charged with armed burglary after Spring Hill homeowner holds him at gunpoint 05/16/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 16, 2014 6:15pm]
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