19-year-old man is facing grand theft charges after he was seen stuffing rifles down his pants at a pawn shop in Davie, according to court records.
The owner of Public Pawn and Gun at 6798 Stirling Rd. noticed Alvarez limping out of the store with the assault rifle down his pant leg about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
Owner Kevin Hughes confronted Alvarez outside and recovered the brand new $830 weapon before Alvarez ran off, the arrest report stated.
Alvarez was seen on security video and the business owner was able to identify him when the suspect was arrested a short time later, police said.
Alvarez said in court he had moved to Florida from New York about one year ago and the judge noted there was a New York injunction ordering Alvarez to stay away from guns.
Assistant state attorney Eric Linder asked the judge to set a high bond.
“It’s one thing to try to steal a firearm, it’s another thing trying to steal an AK47 and potentially trying to put a stolen firearm out on the street,” Linder said.
Hurley set bond at $25,000 for grand theft and the violation of a domestic violence injunction.
He revoked bond for a May 15 arrest on theft and drug possession charges in Pembroke Pines, Florida Department of Law Enforcement records showed.
“The court was just very concerned about your alleged behavior without even knowing your criminal background,” Hurley said.
According to the arrest report, Alvarez confessed to stealing the rifle.