The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that five kids (four boys and one girl) ages 11-14 who broke into a vacant Pennsylvania home got a little more than they planned on. The house, Laurel Mountain Borough, contained a cache of firearms. The collection included over 60 guns, knives, swords, bayonets, and other weapons. Among the weapons were and AK-47 and a Thompson sub-machine gun. Police quickly tracked down the owner of the weapons, who happened to be a 93-year-old man named Phil Rose . . .
who’s currently hospitalized. “Everything was his,” Ligonier Borough Police Chief John Berger said. The police are currently busy checking the registration of each gun and so far, all of them belong to Rose.
The kids had broken into two other homes as well. They even took some of the weapons into the woods and fired off some rounds. As of now, the police are holding onto the elderly man’s arsenal and are awaiting news from his family as to whether or not charges will be pressed against the teenage burglars.
Rose is an avid firearms collector. Among some the guns confiscated by the police are six handguns, a flintlock muzzle-loader and several large animal teeth with ornate etchings. Rose’s collection also included a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a TEC-9 machine gun, an AK-47, the Tommy gun, some “assault rifles” and various handguns. Police said the weapons, which weren’t loaded, were found in several upstairs rooms and closets.