San Carlos teen accused of stealing gun -- for a second time

A San Carlos Park teen was arrested Tuesday after a detective stopped him and the boy reached for a gun – reported stolen the night before -- hidden in his pants.

William Austin Phillips, 16, of the 18000 block of Matanzas Road, was charged with burglary while armed, grand theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report:

On Monday a man drove past a friend’s house in the 17000 block of Oakmont Ridge Circle and noticed the door open and lights on inside. It was dark out, so the man sent a text message to a girl who asked him to call her father, Dean Homan Jr., the owner of the house.

A deputy arrived and saw a brick had been thrown through a glass door panel. Homan, 43, and his family were in Miami on a family emergency, but he returned home and said a Sig Sauer 9 mm and a fanny pack were missing.

On Tuesday, the detective saw Phillips, who he had recently arrested for theft of a firearm, and while patting him down for safety reasons, saw a pistol grip in the teen’s pants pocket. As the detective reached for the gun, Phillips tried to grab it, but was not successful.

A check showed the gun was the same owned by Homan, who had a receipt showing the serial number. It was returned to him.

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