A Citrus County 16-year-old boy was behind a lengthy crime spree of April car burglaries that also included credit card thefts, stolen guns and criminal mischief, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office that arrested him.

In early April, Citrus County deputies were researching a rash of vehicle burglaries, and using interviews and surveillance tapes, investigators concluded it was the teenager who was behind the crimes, according to the boy’s arrest report. The Chronicle is not naming him due to his age.

On April 9, deputies went to the home of the boy in Beverly Hills with a search warrant and deputies searched the home. The boy was at home and he was escorted outside.

According to the arrest report, detectives searched the boy’s room and found a loaded Smith & Wesson 9 mm handgun under his nightstand along with ammunition. Deputies ran the firearms' information through law enforcement databases and determined they were both stolen.

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According to the arrest report, deputies found a second loaded handgun under the boy’s bed along with a bag holding several debit and credit cards and wallets belonging to his victims. Also in the bag was a single glove and a window punch.

Deputies reported finding in the boy’s closet, inside a pair of shoes, two food stamp cards belonging to other victims.

The deputies arrested the boy and charged him with two counts of burglary and becoming armed as a result, 21 counts of burglary of a conveyance, three counts of grand theft of a firearm, one count of fraudulent use of a credit card, nine counts of criminal mischief, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a minor.

He was taken to a juvenile detention center.      

Contact Chronicle reporter Fred Hiers at or 352-397-5914.