The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said Friday they had removed a total of five guns — including a sawed-off shotgun that was loaded — from the hands of criminals in Mount Pearl overnight.

The weapons were seized in two separate incidents.

Early Friday morning, when police stopped a vehicle on Topsail road, an officer looked in the back window of the car and spotted a sawed-off shotgun.

The weapon turned out to be loaded.

The RNC arrested a woman, 27, and a man, 20, on several weapons charges, including unauthorized possession of a firearm and illegally keeping a firearm in a vehicle.

The two were taken to the lockup.

Earlier, another pair — also a man and a woman — was arrested following a break-in at a home in the Smallwood Drive area of Mount Pearl.

Three shotguns, a rifle and some tools had been stolen.

A man, 30, will be in court today on a break and enter charge.

A woman, 26, was charged with possession of stolen property and released.

The theft is still under investigation.