15-year-old charged with carrying stolen handgun

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A 15-year-old carrying a stolen handgun stashed it when police say he thought they weren't looking.

Zone 1 plainclothes officers in an unmarked car patrolled Federal Street on Tuesday night, when they saw the boy approach a car at the intersection with Hemlock, police spokeswoman Diane Richard said Wednesday.

When the North Side boy saw the unmarked unit, he quickly backed away, and the officers watched the boy break into a sprint when he believed they were gone, she said.

A .40 caliber handgun was recovered near where the boy later re-emerged, she said. An officer said he saw the boy wait until he thought police were out of sight and hide the gun.

The boy was taken to the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center and charged with possession of a firearm by a minor; firearms not to be carried without a license; tampering with or fabricating physical evidence; and receiving stolen property.

The gun had been reported stolen July 21, 2010, Ms. Richard said.

The boy also faces a drug charge, as a small amount of marijuana was found in his pocket, she said.

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Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc.


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