16-year-old caught driving stolen car, 12-year-old passenger had loaded gun, Boston police say

A 16-year-old and a 12-year-old were arrested after they were caught riding around Boston in a stolen car on Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Officers responding to a report of a stolen vehicle in the area of 205 Stratton St. in Dorchester just before 2 p.m. observed the 12-year-old suspect clutching his waist area and discarding a firearm as he exited the car in question, according to the Boston Police Department.

The 12-year-old suspect and 16-year-old driver were taken into custody following a brief foot chase.

Police say an investigation determined that the discarded 9mm gun was loaded with one round in the chamber and six rounds in the magazine.

The 16-year-old driver is facing charges including receiving stolen motor vehicle and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, while the 12-year-old suspect is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm.

Both juveniles are expected to be arraigned in Dorchester District Court.

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