Grenade Launcher Gets Marin Teen Arrested

A Novato teenager was arrested for driving around without a license -- and having a grenade launcher in his back seat

By Chris Roberts
|  Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011  |  Updated 2:45 PM PDT
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Grenade Launcher Gets Marin Teen Arrested

Devices such as these do not belong in Marin.

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It's not every day that police helicopters, a bomb squad and troops of cops from three law enforcement agencies are called to respond to a 15-year old boy driving without a license.

Then again, it's not every day that a 15-year old boy is found in Marin County driving with an unloaded grenade launcher in his back seat.

Novato cops pulled over a blue Dodge SUV at 11 a.m. Tuesday to find a 15-year old boy behind the steering wheel -- and a weapon in the back seat, according to the Marin Independent Journal.

The weapon was found to be unloaded, but not before the road was shut down, a California Highway Patrol helicopter dispatched to fly overhead and the University of California's Bomb Squad called in to examine the situation.

The unloaded grenade launcher, more like a metal tube, but nonetheless threatening, may be owned by the suspect's brother, who is a member of the military.

The road was closed for three hours and the boy was hauled away in handcuffs.
 

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