Thursday, October 2, 2014

Brunswick police nab 15-year-old seen running from pawn shop toting assault rifle and with 10 pistols in a backpack

BRUNSWICK | A Brunswick teen is in custody after a pawn shop burglary and very fortunate he wasn’t hurt considering he was heavily armed when caught, the interim city police chief said.
Two city patrol officers, Bobby Black and Franklin West, responding just after midnight Thursday to an alarm at T&C Pawn World on Community Road arrived in their patrol cars to see two males running away, detective Jose Galdamez said.
The two officers arrived less than a minute after the alarm went off, and West chased one suspect who was running along a ditch line wearing a backpack, Galdamez said.
“He’s running with an AR-15 in his hands. In his backpack, he’s got 10 handguns,’’ Galdamez said.
Instead of drawing his weapon at what appeared to be an obvious threat, West used his Taser on the suspect twice and subdued him, Galdamez said.
Among the handguns in the backpack were a .40-caliber pistol, three .38 specials, a .44 caliber magnum Smith and Wesson and a Glock .45-caliber pistol, he said.
That was a lot of firepower, interim chief Jimmy Carter said.
“He’s very lucky the officers didn’t shoot. None of the guns were loaded, but the officers didn’t know that until after the fact,’’ Carter said.
Inside the shop officers found a pry bar that had been used to get through a back roll-up door and bolt cutters that had been used to cut through the heavy metal mesh cage where all the guns had been secured, Galdamez said.
They also found another assault rifle and a shotgun that had been removed from the cage but left inside the shop, and two handguns lay on the back porch of the business, he said.
The 15-year-old who was arrested is a member of a known gang and appeared before a Glynn County Juvenile Court judge Thursday afternoon.
Police are looking for the other suspect who is also believed to be a juvenile, he said.
Terry Dickson: (912) 264-0405


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