Teams Of Teens Swipe Stacks Of Phones In Lincoln Square And North Center

Three teens were in custody after striking this TMO store on Lawrence Ave, police said. | Google

A pair of 19th District T-Mobile stores has fallen victim to young shoplifting crews since Friday, according to police.

In the first incident, two male juveniles entered the cellular store at 1958 West Irving Park Road and began helping themselves to merchandise shortly after noon on Friday. One of the offenders was carrying a knife. The duo escaped with ten new phones. Both thieves were black, 13- to 15-years-old, and dressed in green, according to a witness.

Police had better luck when the TMO store at 1973 West Lawrence was struck around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. In that case, three teenagers entered the store, stole a collection of cell phones, and ran out the door. Police caught up with the trio about 15 minutes later in the 4600 block of North Winchester. No further information was available about the arrestees because they are under 18-years-old.

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