LOWELL -- A man carrying a loaded handgun and $1,200 in cash he allegedly stole from a liquor store was arrested around 3 a.m. Monday, according to police.

Responding to a 3:12 a.m. alarm from Pacific Liquors at 421 Charles St. in the city's Back Central neighborhood, officers found a window forced open in a neighboring building.

Inside, they found Ronald McGuann, 44, holding a door closed as officers tried to enter it, according to a Lowell Police Department statement.

"McGaunn immediately dropped a gray duffel bag and surrendered," the statement reads.

Police say the bag contained a loaded .380 caliber handgun and the cash, both taken from a locked desk drawer inside the liquor store. According to police, McGaunn also had a pry bar used to force the drawer and two cartons of cigarettes the owner of Pacific Liquors said were also taken from his store.

McGaunn, who has no fixed address but is from the Lowell area, was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, possession of burglarious tools, larceny of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, larceny over $250 and willful and malicious damage to property over $250.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

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