UPDATE: 16-year-old charged after stealing gun from store

Courtesy of the Saugus Police Department

By: News Staff

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SAUGUS, Mass. – A 16-year-old male from Everett has been charged after breaking into a Dick’s Sporting Goods and stealing a rifle.

The teen has been charged with:

  • Breaking and Entering During the Nighttime to Commit a felony
  • Malicious Destruction of Property over $250
  • Larceny of a Firearm

Police were called around 4:20 a.m. Monday after receiving reports of a break-in at Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Square One Mall.

Authorities say the teen stole a rifle in the store and then fled the scene.

The SWAT team was called in to search, closing the mall for several hours.

Authorities searched the mall but did not find the suspect.

It was later discovered that the teen escaped shortly before the first officer arrived.

Officials are still searching for the weapon.

Local schools were placed on lockdown out of precaution and Dick’s Sporting Goods will remained closed Monday.

No injuries were reported.

The incident is still under investigation and additional charges may be added.

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