NOVATO (CBS SF) — A 15-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday for possession of a destructive device after a 4-foot rocket launcher was found in the backseat of the SUV he was driving, Novato police said.

The unlicensed Novato teen was stopped by a police traffic officer around 9:40 a.m. in the 1700 block of Novato Boulevard for playing music too loudly in the Dodge Durango, according to Cpl. Nick Frey.

The teen was alone in the SUV when the officer spotted the unloaded AT4 rocket launcher in the backseat.

Police called the bomb squad from the University of California at Berkeley Police Department, which took possession of the rocket launcher and turned it over to a local military institution.

The teen was booked into juvenile hall. His brother, a former member of the military, also came to the scene of the incident. Police are investigating how the teen obtained the weapon.

The incident closed Novato Boulevard near Seventh Avenue until 1 p.m.

Scott Bauer, deputy director of Marin County Library Services, said 50 people, including eight to 10 staff members, were evacuated from the library at 1720 Novato Boulevard during the incident.

The single-shot, recoilless weapon was developed in the early 1980s and is manufactured in Sweden and the United States.

Comments (38)
  1. Guy says:

    It was most likely a trainer and not a real AT-4 so I don’t think the charge of “possession of a destructive device” will stick. His brother has some explaining to do though.

    All they need to do is run the serial number and it will show what unit it came from.

    1. Joe says:

      oh, really!?!?!?! Thanks, I feel A LOT SAFER NOW that you clarify everything………..NOT! IDIOT!

      1. Guy says:

        I’m sorry, how exactly am I an idiot?

        I was simply pointing out that the “rocket launcher” found was likely a trainer and not a real weapon. It is no more dangerous than a child’s plastic toy gun. It’s just a fiberglass tube with some buttons on the side of it. Unless the guy swung it and hit someone in the head, it poses no threat.

        I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you were never in the military and haven’t had the opportunity to use one of the training AT-4’s. They are pretty common in basic training and advanced training units and I’m guessing this guy’s brother had sticky fingers and lifted it while he was a trainee or once he was assigned somewhere as permanent party. Could have even come from a guard unit.

        Real AT-4’s aren’t laying around. They are kept in secure areas (bunker, weapons depot…) and are only accessible only during inventories or when being used for live fire exercises or deployments. Even spent tubes are tracked and must be turned in.

      2. kelly65 says:

        These Brown Roaches come here for a better life, Then they kill you. DEPORT!!!

  2. Bob says:

    I notice they did not release the ethnicity of the teen in this story. Could he have been of Eastern descent or an illegal immigrant?

    1. MR916 says:

      i GUARANTEE he was a white guy!

      1. Joe says:

        No he wasn’t!

    2. SMH says:

      Bob, you’re an idiot! A racist one at that.

    3. SMH says:

      Bob, you’re an idiot. A racist one at that!

      1. Joe says:

        N he’s not, YOU ARE THE IDIOT! Liberal PUKE!

    4. . says:

      Yo Joey,

      You’re the Idiot. Just like a Right Winged P.O.S.

  3. Richard S. Hughey says:

    What, I didn’t know that my kid wasn’t suspose to carry my rocket lancher around in the back seat. I better get that dern thing back in my basement before he gets pulled over for playing my johnny cash 8 track tapes too loud. I never give up on old technology simply because its out of style. Really? what does a 15 year old need with a rocket launcher anyway? I wonder what his ex military brother had to do with this, give us the name of the older brother or a photo please.

    1. Joe says:

      These liberal weenees won’t do it….they are protecting those they LOVE.

      1. We all know what you are about Joey says:

        Joe, you’re a small little Boy… Admit it…

        You are one narrow minded little boy.

        Looks like someone missed his nap. And is a bit cranky, and if he keeps going the way he is going, he is likely to get a warm bottom.

        Joey, you need to give it up. Your true flag is showing. Those days are over forever Joey.

        Welcome to the 21st Century.

  4. E says:

    If they didn’t realease an ethnicity it’s because he’s white. If they were brown they would have been terrorists and the FBI called.

    1. trj says:

      Actually you have that backwards.

      1. e says:

        No i don’t. Only brown people are terrorists, If you are a white terrorist you’re just labeled crazy.

  5. Richard S. Hughey says:

    on secomd thought, I remembered that my lil brother was simply trying to impress his fellow students during “show and tell” and afterward’s I had every intention of returning the rocket launcher to my old unit. Nothing here folk’s just move along!

    Semper Fi

  6. Richard S. Hughey says:

    And the supply sargent said as he was scrachin his head, I could have sworn that we had 12 rocket launchers and not 11…… Oh well it must be around here somewhere. Now where is that 96 hour pass request, I need to get going.

  7. Ed Freen says:

    Most likely they didn’t release the ethnicity because it’s non-white, and they don’t want people jumping to conclusions.

    1. I'm getting a little tired of little joe. says:

      Grow up Joe.

    2. Joe is the man says:

      Joe is the man…and right about the world you fail to see…you have hope…we have faith

  8. Cal says:

    I love how the rocket was found unloaded, yet they still had to call out a bomb squad, which probably took over an hour, just so they can get out their remote conttrol toys and play for a while. I guess they need to get those responding numbers up to justify budgets again.

    1. Franklin says:

      I hope you’re wrong. There’s a lot of racist, nasty comments here. Let’s find out before we jump to conclusions. I don’t know why CBS won’t release an identity. The fact that the kid is 15 years old has nothing to do with it.

    2. Marcus says:

      They had to get a bomb squad to search the vehicle. Also, better safe than sorry. I’ve delt with explosives in the military and I wouldn’t have touched it, would you?

  9. NEANDERTAL says:

    If they arrest itz ’cause theyz brown.

    If they don’t say itz ’cause he’s not white.

  10. M says:

    Another terrorist on the loose…..close the city down!!! Just what the military needs another forkin’ rocket launcher!!

  11. mike says:

    AT4 rockets are one shot disposable systems, unless it was a trainer which uses 9mm rounds, it was inert.

    1. Guy says:

      You sir are correct.

      There is also another trainer (with a separate NSN) that lets you cycle through the firing procedures but does not fire 9mm (or any other) rounds.

  12. William Foster says:

    Maybe he was going to pull a D-FENS and re-enact the rocket launcher scene from the movie Falling Down. What’s wrong with this street?? I’ll give you something to fix!!

  13. Superman says:

    Mike is right….The tube is built only to take the stress of one firing; it is not reusable and cannot be reloaded….anyone in law enforcement show know this….and calling the bomb squad will have the boys at the station giving this officer the rookie award of the year

  14. Superman part 2 says:

    15 is underage…cannot release that information

  15. ihatenazis says:

    This is the most unnewsworthy news today, the 15 year old takes his bros suv for a spin(did not ask to of course)is stopped by police who get excited becuase he has a useless launcher in the the back seat. He should be ticketed for driving without a licence not dumped in juvenile hall, illegal immigrants do not get dumped in jail for driving without a license. His bro probably got the launcher at a army surplus store.

  16. SeaCay says:

    Wow. Read this article and all the comments and all I come away with is the certainty that Joe has a bladder control problem.

    1. SeaCay is SeaGay says:

      I have a poop bag problem

  17. Ginger Reese says:

    That 15 year old should not have been driving in the first place. When someone under age is caught driving they need to wait until they are 17 to get their licence. Driving is a privalidge. What other charges is the boy going to face. One driving without a licence.

  18. kelly65 says:

    Typical mindset of a latino. DEPORT THE ROACH!!!

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