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Empty gas tank leads to gun charges

Provincial police have taken a handgun out of the hands of a teen after a chance encounter with a vehicle that had run out of gas east of Seaforth.

Huron OPP came across an SUV with its hazard lights on, parked at the side of Huron Road around 10:20 p.m. on Monday. A man and two teens inside the SUV told officers the vehicle had run out of gas and a third teen had gone to get more. Moments later a Good Samaritan dropped off the third teen who had a jerry can of fuel.

Officers checked the plates and discovered the vehicle had been stolen from London.

All four people from the SUV were arrested. While searching the teen who had originally gone for the fuel, officers turned up a loaded handgun.

Two 15-year-old boys, a 14-year-old boy, all from London, and a 31-year-old man of no fixed address are charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

The 14-year-old is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, tampering with the serial number of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a weapon, possession of a prohibited firearm, and possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.

Additional charges of obstructing a peace officer and failure to comply with a probation order were also laid against the 31-year-old man.

All four were scheduled to appear in court in relation to the charges on Wednesday.