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Two Malden teens charged in connection with patrol rifle stolen from State Police cruiser

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Suspects, ages 14 and 15, allegedly broke into locked vehicle and heisted firearm and ammo

  Two Malden teenagers were arrested over this past weekend in connection with the theft of a rifle stolen out of a Massachusetts State Police trooper’s cruiser, according to reports. The rifle and other stolen items, including a high-capacity magazine and a supply of ammunition, were recovered on Sunday, after an investigation by Mass. State Police.

  Two Malden teens, identified only by their ages, 14 and 15, allegedly entered a parking garage of the Overlook Apartments located on the Malden-Revere city line, broke into a marked Mass. State Police SUV, then gained access to another lock mechanism securing the firearm. They then heisted a patrol rifle, high-capacity magazine and ammunition, according to a statement from the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan. The theft occurred around 1 a.m. early Thursday morning, March 23, according to reports. According to sources, the two suspects were both male teens and residents of Malden.

  The rifle and other items were found on March 26 at a Malden home connected to the 15-year-old, Ryan’s office said. State police said there was no evidence that the rifle was used in a subsequent crime.

  The 14-year-old, who investigators believe took the rifle, was charged with breaking and entering a vehicle in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny of a firearm, possession of a firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime. The 15-year-old, whose home is where the rifle and other stolen items were found, was charged with breaking and entering a vehicle in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny of a firearm and conspiracy to commit a crime.

  The investigation is ongoing, according to DA Ryan’s office. Both suspects were arraigned at Cambridge Juvenile Court on Tuesday. No additional information, including the results of the arraignment, was able to be released.

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DOOR LOCK: Two suspects allegedly broke into this marked Mass. State Police cruiser and then broke another locking mechanism inside, before stealing a patrol rifle and other firearm-related items.
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VEHICLE TOWED: Shown above is the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) vehicle that was broken into and had a patrol rifle, high-capacity magazine and ammunition stolen from it. It was towed out of the Overlook Apartments parking garage and taken to an MSP site as part of the investigation into the theft, allegedly by a pair of Malden teens.
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PATROL RIFLE STOLEN: A Mass. State Police patrol rifle, similar to the firearm shown in this photo, was stolen from a locked, marked cruiser in Malden on March 23. The suspects arrested and charged in the case are two Malden teens. (Courtesy/Mass. State Police Firearm Training Manual)

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