Police are asking for the community to help track down a cache of weapons stolen from a Miami Springs home.
Miami Springs police arrested a teen they say helped steal $8,000 worth of high-powered weapons and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
The teen and his friend allegedly broke into and ransacked the home of a 61-year-old Miami Springs resident Oct. 12 and stole a cache of weaponry that included:
-Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle
-Sig Sauer 522 “Swat commando” model assault rifle with a “red dot scope”
-Remington 700 sniper rifle
-Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun
-British Army standard issue Lee-Enfield .303 rifle
-Remington 12-gauge shotgun
-1,000 rounds of ammunition and multiple magazines
The teens allegedly also stole a Marine survival knife, compass, National Rifle Association range box and backpack and a Garmin GPS. Police say the Springs resident kept the weapons in his living room.
Julian Alderete, 17, of Sweetwater, was arrested and charged with armed burglary of a residence and theft in excess of $5,000 in October. Alderete admitted that he and a 17-year-old accomplice sold a 12-gauge shotgun to a friend in Hialeah for $100, according to police. The Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle, similar to the weapon used by a 20-year-old in the recent Newton, Conn. massacre that left 20 children and 7 adults dead, was also sold on the street, the report shows.
Police believe a second teen helped Alderete. They visited the teen, a Miami Springs High School student, at his Virginia Gardens home and conducted search. According to police, they found a poster of Alderete holding the guns hung on the wall of the teen’s home. Police say that the poster, which was an enlarged photo taken by the teen, proved the weapons were inside the teen’s home.
The teen refused to answer questions on the advice of his attorney; police did not arrest him but said the case is ongoing.
No weapons have been recovered. Police are asking for the community’s help to locate them. If you have information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.