A shoplifting report led to the arrest of the boy

Smyrna police arrested a 17-year-old boy for carrying a stolen gun after a shoplifting report Saturday.

At about 1:45 p.m., officers were alerted about the shoplifting report at the Wawa at 500 Jimmy Drive and U.S. Route 13, and were provided with a detailed description of the suspect and his direction of travel.

Officers saw a 17-year-old boy who matched the suspect's description, walking in the 600 block of South Carter Road.

Police stopped the suspect and discovered he was carrying a loaded .380 caliber pistol in his waistband. The handgun was reported stolen to Delaware State Police Troop 7 in April 2018.

Surveillance footage from Wawa later confirmed that the suspect had shoplifted food items, police said.

The suspect was presented at Justice of the Peace Court 7 and charged with possession of a firearm by person prohibited (a juvenile adjudicated delinquent of a felony), possession of ammunition by a person prohibited (a juvenile adjudicated delinquent of a felony), carrying a concealed deadly weapon, receiving a stolen firearm and shoplifting under $1,500.

He was committed to the Stevenson Detention Center in lieu of $9,000 secured bond while awaiting another court appearance.

Police didn't release the suspect's name or photo because he's a juvenile.