Mt. Airy teen charged in weapons thefts

March 02, 2010|By Don Markus | don.markus@baltsun.com

A Mount Airy teenager was charged Monday with stealing guns and ammunition from a neighbor after the boy's father found the weapons in his son's room and the family car, Howard County police said.

Christopher McCoy, 19, of the 16000 block of Camalo Drive, allegedly stole four guns and ammunition from a gun closet in the neighbor's house Thursday and a nonworking revolver from a barn in the backyard last November, police said. Police said it was a tip from the father that led to the arrest.

McCoy entered the neighbor's home, police said, on Thursday by kicking in a rear door. Police believe that McCoy also broke into a nearby foreclosed home the same day but nothing was reported stolen.

Police received a tip Saturday from Steve McCoy after he found a gun in his son's room. According to the charging documents, the father said he had found another gun in the family car earlier in the month. Both were turned over to police, who are looking for three others they say the youth stole. Anyone with information is asked to call 410-313-7867.

McCoy is accused of stealing a pair of Ruger semiautomatic rifles - a long rifle and a Mini-14S - along with two 9 mm semiautomatic handguns - a Beretta and a Smith & Wesson - last week, according to the charging documents, as well a .38-caliber revolver in November.

He was charged with first-, second-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft, malicious destruction of property, illegal possession of a firearm, illegal possession of ammunition and possession of a stolen firearm. He was being held in lieu of $75,000 bond in the Howard County Detention Center.

Maryland law prohibits those under age 21 from possessing guns or ammunition.

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