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Kids tied to theft of guns

August 31, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

HALFWAY - Two 12-year-old boys have been charged following a break-in at a Halfway home in which guns, ammunition and money were taken, Washington County Sheriff's deputies said Monday.

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An 8-year-old boy who was picked up with the older boys was not charged because of his age, deputies said.

Benjamin Myers called deputies Saturday afternoon to report that his home in the 900 block of Linwood Road had been burglarized. Two windows had been shot out with Myers' own BB gun, which was stored on the back porch, deputies said.

Deputies found that four handguns that had been kept at different locations in the house were missing, along with ammunition, a pocket knife, binoculars and about $90 in change.

Myers told deputies that as he was leaving his house a few hours earlier, he noticed a white juvenile with a backpack sitting under a tree across from his home.

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Myers said that after he returned home at about 1:30 p.m. he heard a shot that sounded like it had been fired in the area of the railroad tracks near his house.

Deputies searched the area and found a 12-year-old white male, a 12-year-old black male and an 8-year-old black male, all from Hagerstown.

The three had a binocular bag with a large amount of change in it, and deputies said they found guns in the bushes next to the railroad tracks.

The 12-year-old white male was charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, theft over $300, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property.

After he was taken into custody, a small amount of marijuana was found, and he also was charged with possession of a controlled substance, deputies said.

He was being held Monday at the juvenile holdover facility

The 12-year-old black male was charged with theft by possessing stolen property and was released to his parents.

The 8-year-old was released, deputies said.

It is unusual for children so young to be implicated in such a crime, said Sgt. Tom Newton.

"It's usually kids 15- to 16-years-old. Fortunately, it's rare in 8- and 9-year-olds," he said.

The two black minors alleged to deputies that the white juvenile had pointed the guns at them but did not fire.

The white minor later fired a .357 magnum revolver twice in an unknown direction, police alleged.

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