Police: 18-year-old stole parents' guns, leading to schools in secure mode

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) (3/12/2019) - Police say an 18-year-old student of Lake Fenton High School stole guns from his parents, leading school districts in Genesee and Oakland counties to go into secure mode Tuesday.

The teen took two rifles and two handguns from his parents' residence in Linden, according to the Linden Police Department. His parents reported the guns stolen around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Investigators determined the 18-year-old was trying to sell the weapons through social media posts.

Schools in the Fenton, Linden and Holly areas went into secure mode for a couple hours Tuesday morning while police attempted to locate the teen. However, no specific threats were made against any schools.

Linden Police Chief Scott Sutter said students never were in danger as a result of the incident. Placing the schools in secure mode was purely a precaution, according to administrators.

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Secure mode involves limiting hallway traffic, keeping students indoors for recess and stationing police at each school. Classes were continuing on schedule in all districts and visitors were allowed in the buildings.

The teen was arrested around 11 a.m. in downtown Holly and had one of the stolen handguns with him at the time. Police later recovered the three other stolen guns.

All schools were released from secure mode shortly after the student was arrested.

Officers from the Linden, Holly and Argentine Township police departments, along with the Genesee County Sheriff's Office, worked on the investigation.

No formal charges were announced against the 18-year-old Tuesday afternoon.

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