5 Virginia teens are in custody after discovery at Welcome Center


VALLEY GROVE, W.Va. (WTRF) – An alarming discovery drew a major police presence to the westbound Welcome Center at the West Virginia-Pennsylvania state line.

Someone called 911 at 8 a.m. Tuesday, reporting a carload of teens in a white Volkswagen, saying they were armed.

Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard says there was a loaded handgun in the car, plus two pellet guns that looked like the real thing.

He says the three boys and two girls ranged from age 15 to 17, and were all from Virginia.

They reportedly didn’t respond well to the deputy’s order to get out of the car.

“They were acting very suspicious,” said Sheriff Howard. “Not cooperating. Kept reaching for something. The vehicle ended up being stolen from Virginia. So actually all five of the juveniles are now detained, two of them pending charges, the other three detained for their safety, all at the Mulholland Center.”

Sheriff Howard says one of the juveniles was on house arrest.

He says three of them were listed in NCIC as missing persons.

They are all reportedly from the Richmond and Norfolk areas.

The sheriff says the car is impounded and a thorough search of the vehicle is pending.

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