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A suspected shoplifter arrested at the McKinley Mall was found carrying a loaded 9mm handgun, Hamburg town police said Wednesday.

Officers sent to investigate a pair of arrests by security officers in a department store found the gun in the purse of Thiphavan Inthavong, 20, of North Carolina, Lt. Stephen Mikac said. Ms. Inthavong was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and petit

Also arrested was Ratana Phansiri, 21, of North Carolina, who was charged with petit larceny.

Police said both women are from Laos and have resident alien status in this country. They told police they were in the area to visit a friend in Buffalo.

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