Police find teens walking in Rock Hill with stolen guns, ammo

Two teenagers were arrested on weapons charges after police found them each carrying a .38-caliber revolver while walking between two apartment complexes, according to reports from the Rock Hill Police Department and the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The boys, age 14 and 15, were dropped off by their parents at a pond to fish instead broke into a home and stole multiple firearms, which they threw to the ground while officers pursued them, according to the sheriff’s office.

“After they were dropped off, they left the area and began to walk through the woods,” the report states. “They approached the above residence and realized that nobody was home. The front door was partially ajar, so all they had to do was push the door slightly to gain entry.”

The juveniles found a safe in a bedroom closet, from which they took two .38-caliber revolvers, a .45-caliber pistol and two holsters, deputies said. They walked back to the pond, where their parents picked them up about 8 p.m.

Deputies said the boys “encountered” Rock Hill police officers shortly after.

Rock Hill officers were on foot patrol about 9 p.m. Friday when they saw two juveniles walking from Stones Crossing Apartments to Heather Heights Apartments, according to a police report. An officer saw a cigar packet sticking out of the pants pocket of one of the boys and asked him about it. The boy told police it was a cigar and that he found it.

When asked if he had anything else illegal on him, the boy said no, the report states. When an officer asked to search him, the boy “immediately took two steps back and said no,” and then tried to run away but he was detained.

Police then found guns and ammunition.

The boys were each charged with carrying a pistol unlawfully and possession of a pistol under 18 years of age. It is unclear if they faced additional burglary charges.

The stolen property was returned to the home, the owner of which was out of town.

Teddy Kulmala •  803-329-4082