Police have arrested an armed 16-year-old following seven-hour stand-off, after he broke into a Massachusetts town mall and stole a gun.

SWAT teams were called out to the Square One Mall in Saugus in the early hours of Monday morning after reports of a break-in at Dick’s Sporting Goods – which sells a variety of rifles and shotguns.

Sources told CBS Boston that the teen armed himself with a ‘long gun’ after stealing the weapon and ammo from the store.

Cops closed off the area and warned the public to stay away as the ‘armed and dangerous’ teen holed up inside the mall. SWAT and police teams, as well as several K9 units, were sent in after him but the teen had fled.

He was finally apprehended, 13 miles away in the town of Everett at around 11.30am – some seven hours since the saga began. 

Police have arrested an armed 16-year-old following seven-hour stand-off, after he broke into a Massachusetts town mall and stole a gun (SWAT teams storm the mall on Monday morning)

Police have arrested an armed 16-year-old following seven-hour stand-off, after he broke into a Massachusetts town mall and stole a gun (SWAT teams storm the mall on Monday morning)

Police have arrested an armed 16-year-old following seven-hour stand-off, after he broke into a Massachusetts town mall and stole a gun (SWAT teams storm the mall on Monday morning)

SWAT teams were called out to the Square One Mall in Saugus in the early hours of Monday morning after reports of a break-in at Dick's Sporting Goods - which sells a variety of rifles and shotguns

SWAT teams were called out to the Square One Mall in Saugus in the early hours of Monday morning after reports of a break-in at Dick's Sporting Goods - which sells a variety of rifles and shotguns

SWAT teams were called out to the Square One Mall in Saugus in the early hours of Monday morning after reports of a break-in at Dick’s Sporting Goods – which sells a variety of rifles and shotguns

Police were accompanied by K9 units as they searched the Square One Mall in Saugus for the suspect

Police were accompanied by K9 units as they searched the Square One Mall in Saugus for the suspect

Police were accompanied by K9 units as they searched the Square One Mall in Saugus for the suspect

The teen reportedly armed himself with a 'long gun' after stealing the weapon and ammo from Dick's Sporting Goods (police block the entrance to the mall)

The teen reportedly armed himself with a 'long gun' after stealing the weapon and ammo from Dick's Sporting Goods (police block the entrance to the mall)

The teen reportedly armed himself with a ‘long gun’ after stealing the weapon and ammo from Dick’s Sporting Goods (police block the entrance to the mall)

Cops had closed off the area and warned the public to stay away as the 'armed and dangerous' teen holed up inside the mall

Cops had closed off the area and warned the public to stay away as the 'armed and dangerous' teen holed up inside the mall

Cops had closed off the area and warned the public to stay away as the ‘armed and dangerous’ teen holed up inside the mall

The suspect’s name has not yet been released but authorities say the Square One Mall is expected to reopen soon. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods will remain shut today for a police investigation. 

SWAT vehicles, local cops and a police helicopter were spotted outside the mall, as all the entrances to the building were blocked off, during the stand-off.

Mall employees were also forced to wait around outside while police tackled the armed burglar. 

Mall employees were also forced to wait around outside while police tackled the armed burglar

Mall employees were also forced to wait around outside while police tackled the armed burglar

Mall employees were also forced to wait around outside while police tackled the armed burglar

Saugus police had been called out to the Square One Mall at around 4.30am after reports of a break-in at Dick's

Saugus police had been called out to the Square One Mall at around 4.30am after reports of a break-in at Dick's

Saugus police had been called out to the Square One Mall at around 4.30am after reports of a break-in at Dick’s

Police  surrounded the mall in Saugus, Massachusetts after reports of an armed man holed up inside

Police  surrounded the mall in Saugus, Massachusetts after reports of an armed man holed up inside

Police surrounded the mall in Saugus, Massachusetts after reports of an armed man holed up inside

A SWAT team, pictured preparing to enter the building, found the teen had already fled

A SWAT team, pictured preparing to enter the building, found the teen had already fled

A SWAT team, pictured preparing to enter the building, found the teen had already fled

‘Square One Mall in Saugus will have a delayed opening due to the active and ongoing investigation onsite,’ a statement from the mall read earlier this morning. 

Saugus police had been called out to the Square One Mall at around 4.30am after reports of a break-in at Dick’s. 

So far, there have been no reports of any injuries.  

‘I’m just hoping no one gets hurt and this all calms down,’ mall worker Chandler Laguerre said during the incident.

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