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Spring Hill Minor Swipes AK-47 and Hides it in His Closet

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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An AK-47 (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

An AK-47 (Photo credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

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SPRING HILL, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A 13-year-old Hernando County Boy says he stole a AK-47 assault rifle because “he really liked it”.

According to Hernando Sheriff’s say they have arrested an minor and charged him stealing the weapon from a home his mother cleans in Spring Hill.

Authorities stated the boy was assisting his mother clean the home on or around February 12 when he discovered the AK-47. Detectives say the teen took a rifle bag containing the AK-47 and numerous rounds of ammunition including several magazines.

When a detectives called and questioned the suspect’s mother of the alleged theft, she searched the boys room and found bag with the rifle hidden in her son’s closet.

Deputies say the boy confessed to stealing the rifle,but denied having intention of using the weapon to commit any crimes. He allegedly told detectives he “took it becasue he really like it and knew his mother would never buy him one.”

13-year-old has been arrested for grand theft of a firearm. He is currently in a Ocala Juvenile Justice facility.

The teen has no history of prior arrests.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office states that the AK-47 and all the ammunition have been returned to its owner.

The investigation is still open. Sheriff deputies are checking to see if any other clients of the mother have any missing items.

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