11 Teens Arrested in Mag Mile Robberies

Some of the teens used Twitter to coordinate the grab-and-go robberies

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Friday, Jan 21, 2011  |  Updated 8:59 AM CDT
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Eleven teenagers are facing charges for bum-rushing Mag Mile stores and stealing $5,000 in loot.

The group targeted Filene's Basement at 830 N. Michigan Ave., The North Face at 875 N. Michigan Ave. and Ax Armani Exchange at 520 N. Michigan Ave. on Wednesday evening. Chicago police arrested the teens nearby that same night , the Sun-Times reports.

The five girls, ranging in age between 14 -16,  and six boys, ranging in age between 15 - 17, are charged with retail theft as juveniles, police said.

The suspects stole $2,720 worth of products from The North Face, $2,247 from AX Armani Exchange and almost $300 from Filene's Basement, said police.

A Filene's Basement worker told the Sun-Times one of the suspects yelled out "Snatch" giving the command to the group to grab whatever they could.

Police called the operation a "mob."

"They are going in and basically grabbing stuff, overwhelming the security and leaving with the sensor on," said Sgt. Spiro Maglaras. "Several of the teens used Twitter to plan their attacks."

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