ALBANY, N.Y.-- An Albany teen faced charges Sunday night, after he brought a loaded sawed off shotgun into the Crossgates Mall.
According to police, 16-year-old Marcelle Chandler was found with the weapon after he was arrested for shoplifting.
The incident occurred Friday afternoon when the teen was caught by security in Macy's trying to steal two polo shirts. They discovered the weapon after searching through his backpack.
Authorities told News 10 the Albany teen doesn't have a license and regardless. They said Candler did give himself up without any incident, but in the state of New York it is illegal to possess any rifle with a barrel that's been intentionally cut shorter than 18 inches long.
"I can't believe that even a 16-year-old would be in there with a weapon and be shoplifting these days," said Scott Hasso, Crossgates Mall shopper. "The amount of security measures they have in the stores is just, you wouldn't even think to do it"
"Whose responsible for this child," said Emily Mosher, Crossgates Mall shopper. "Somebody needs to be watching him. It just speaks to parenting these days."
News 10 spoke with manager at Taylor and Vadney Sporting Goods in Schenectady about the dangers associated with this kind of weapon.
"There is no purpose other than trying to hide it that is the only purpose I can think of," said Mike Spenello, manager. "The purpose of these was a scatter gun and can cause a lot of damage in a small area."
News 10 called Chandler and his family for a response but they have yet to return the phone calls.