Two Glen Burnie teen-agers accused of stealing weapons and jewelry were arrested at Glen Burnie High School yesterday after students reported high-powered guns had been taken into the building.
Early yesterday morning, a number of students warned high school administrators that two boys had taken loaded weapons into the school. Administrators searched the boys' lockers and found a loaded Taurus .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun and a Ruger .44-caliber Magnum handgun.
Anne Arundel County police were called to the school, where they arrested the students, one a 15-year-old 10th-grader, who has been charged as a juvenile.
The other student, 16-year-old Steve Smith, an 11th-grader who lives in the 700 block of Seagrove Road in Glen Burnie, has been charged as an adult upon the recommendation of the state's attorney's office.
Both face charges of concealing a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon at school, first-degree burglary, destruction of property, theft and trespassing. The juvenile is being placed in the custody of the county's juvenile services. Smith was waiting for a judge to oversee his initial court appearance early yesterday evening.
Police say they have no evidence that the loaded guns, which were found with additional ammunition, would be used to harm anyone.
"There is no indication at this time that anyone at the school was going to be a target of attack with these weapons," said police spokesman Lt. Jeffrey A. Kelly. "But guns in school is certainly something we take seriously."
The arrest of the boys was done quietly as morning classes continued, and most students and many teachers were unaware of what had happened until later in the day.
After making the arrests, police officers searched the homes of the two students where they found two more stolen guns -- a 7 mm rifle and a 9 mm Taurus -- with a cache of stolen jewelry, Kelly said.
Officers connected the stolen jewelry and guns to a burglary reported Monday at a home in the 7300 block of Margate Court in Glen Burnie. The jewelry included a man's ring, a woman's ring, a necklace and a pair of earrings.
Glen Burnie High School Principal David Hill could not be reached for comment.
Pub Date: 12/23/98