Dover juvenile arrested on weapons charge

DOVER — The Delaware State Police arrested a juvenile after a shoplifting incident led to the discovery of a weapon.

Delaware State Police spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said the incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Valero Shore Stop located at 2636 S. State St. when the store manager advised a subject had entered the store and shoplifted a soda.

The manager advised that on Friday, she observed the same subject in the store. The manager approached the subject to advise him not to come back to the store, at which time he became disorderly. The manager became concerned and contacted the police this time because during the shoplifting incident the night prior, she observed that the subject was armed with a firearm.

A review of the store’s video surveillance shows the subject armed with a black small handgun in his front waistband. Cpl. Jaffe said it also shows the subject removing a soda and leaving the store without rendering payment.

Through investigative measures, troopers were able to identify the suspect as 17-year-old Cristian Andrade of Magnolia.

Troopers responded to a residence in the 1400 block Rising Sun Road where the Andrade teen was taken into custody without incident. Troopers allegedly recovered a loaded Taurus PT-22 Cal .22 LR handgun and a box of ammunition. Cpl. Jafee said it was discovered that the Andrade teen had stolen the firearm from his mother’s boyfriend and altered the serial number.

He was transported back to Troop 3 where he was charged with the following: possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by prohibited juvenile, possession of a weapon with a removed, obliterated or altered serial number, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, theft of a firearm and shoplifting under $1,500

The Andrade teen was arraigned before the Justice of the Peace Court 2 and committed to the Stevenson House on $31,000 secured bond.

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