2 arrested, including teen, in theft of AR-15 from unmarked Orlando car

Orlando police have arrested a teenager and man they said stole an AR-15 from an unmarked police vehicle.

Last month, the vehicle and other cars were burglarized at the Lake Nona Water Mark Apartments, police said.

The AR-15 was taken from the police officer’s car, including the gun mount locking device, which police said was properly secured.

Police identified William Phillips, 17, as a suspect.

Orange County deputies found the weapon Saturday while investigating a shots fired call on Janson Street and South Buena Vista Avenue.

People had called 911 saying someone was shooting off a gun at the intersection.

The stolen AR-15 was found behind a street in the area, along with a bag of cocaine, police said.

Anthony Bush, 26, was arrested at the scene on charges of cocaine possession and grand theft.




Phillips lives close by, and police were able to arrest him Wednesday.

He was charged with armed burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief.

It’s not clear how Bush got the stolen gun. There is no indication that Bush and Phillips knew each other.

“We know William Phillips was definitely in the vehicle. He committed the burglary. Now, who he committed it wirt, we’re still looking for,” said Sgt. Joe Capece of the Orlando Police Department.

The department is now having its officers take the guns out of their cruisers after the end each shift to prevent car thefts.

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