Youths charged in Columbia burglary

January 08, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Two Columbia teen-agers, who were taken into custody last week after a police officer allegedly found them carrying two loaded M-1 carbines in West Columbia, were charged Tuesday night with burglary, Howard County police said.

The identities of the youths -- ages 13 and 14 -- weren't released because of their ages, police said.

They were charged as juveniles with one count of burglary and released to the custody of their parents, police said.

The two were initially charged with possession of alcohol and being rogues and vagabonds last week after a patrol officer stopped them about 3 a.m. Dec. 30 in the 5600 block of Harpers Farm Road and allegedly found they were carrying two loaded M-1 carbines, police said.

A 14-year-old Montgomery County youth, who was stopped with the other two, was allegedly carrying a gym bag with alcohol, a ski cap and a flashlight, police said. He was also charged as a juvenile with possession of alcohol and being a rogue and vagabond and released to the custody of his parents, police said.

According to police, the rifles and liquor were reported stolen Jan. 3 by a family in the 10900 block of Trotting Ridge Road who had returned from vacation, police said. The burglary may have occurred between Dec. 20 and Dec. 30 while the family was away, police said.

A shotgun also stolen during the burglary was recovered from the home of the Montgomery County youth, police said. Police believe that one of the Columbia youths gave the Montgomery County juvenile the shotgun.

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