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.