Teens charged with stealing assault rifle from Clawson man

Three teenagers facing serious charges tonight -- after allegedly stealing an assault rifle and one other gun from a Clawson homeowner.

- Three teenagers are facing serious charges tonight after allegedly stealing an assault rifle and one other gun from a Clawson homeowner.

The incident happened Sunday when a man on N. Custer Street in Clawson reported that two of his weapons were stolen.

"One was an AR-15 style," said Chief Harry Anderson, Clawson police. "The other, a semi-automatic 22 to made look like a sub-machine gun."

All the guns are legal.

The suspects are two 16-year-olds and one 17-year-old, Joseph Gjonaji, all from Clawson High School. The names of the 16-year-olds are being withheld because they're juveniles.  

They allegedly stole weapons while they were visiting the owner's 16-year-old daughter.  Some tips led the cops to one of the 16-year-olds who had a bag of ammunition. 

"He had stolen that ammunition from his own father," said Anderson.

That led to another juvenile who police say was actually coming out of his front door carrying the stolen guns. But they had other worries. 

"We would not have been comfortable with students at any level in the district if the assault rifle was not found," said Ryan Sines, Clawson High School principal. "We probably would not have had school at all."

The police arrested all three teens with the stolen guns in hours.

"There was never really a clear strategy with what the kids planned on doing with the weapons," said Anderson.

One student speculated that she thought they stole these guns because they wanted some street cred.

A judge has already arraigned the 17-year-old for larceny of firearms, a five-year felony. The other two 16-year-olds are awaiting their juvenile court hearing at Children's Village Detention Center.

"It's not fun and games, it is serious stuff," said Anderson. "We take it seriously, and when you steal anything, it is a crime. If they were to have done something with the weapons and they were not secured, who knows who else could have gotten a hold of them."


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