Teen accused of breaking into patrol car, stealing firearms

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police discovered an officers missing firearms in an air conditioning unit leading to charges filed against 18-year-old Nicholas Allen.

A call came in to police May 7, notifying officers to the location of a wanted man who had active warrants issued for his arrest. Allen is accused of stealing two firearms and burglary of a vehicle. According to the affidavit, Allen stole a Colt M4 Rifle and Remington 870 Pump Shotgun.

The tip to police alerted them that Allen would not be leaving his apartment for the night. Officers set up a Tactile Unit, and waited all night, but Allen never exited his residence. A search warrant was obtained for Allen’s apartment May 8.

Police conducted a “surround and call out” requiring residents to leave the apartment. Five people exited the complex, one of which was Allen. Another anonymous tipster told police Allen confessed to breaking into a patrol car. The tipster stated in the affidavit, Allen was seen placing a rifle in an air conditioning vent.

Allen was arrested by police for outstanding warrants for his arrest. Officers added a new charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, which is a third degree felony. A previous felony conviction showed Allen had been sentenced to five years of probation for aggravated robbery. His probation does not expire until 2020.

Allen is being held on an $8,000 bond for burglary of a vehicle, $20,000 bond for theft of a firearm, and $80,000 bond for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

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