Police: Teens Nabbed Doing After Hours Mall Shopping

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(Memphis) Three teens are facing charges of burglar and vandalism after police said they were caught breaking into Southland Mall.

Police say they watched from unmarked cars as several people broke into the mall early Friday morning.

They say the burglars cut through a steel gate at the iCon store, but ran away after they set off an alarm..

Five teens were arrested outside the mall.

Police said one had a crow bar and another dropped a handgun.

"Wow, Ah, man that's awful. That is awful," said one shopper.

One of the teens was slapped with additional charges after police said he admitted to being involved in three break-ins at two malls over the last two months.

According to police 19-year-old, Tony Bowen admitted to stealing $10,000 worth of jeans from US Kids at Southland and $15,000 in clothing from iCon at Oak Court.

The stores are all owned by the same person.

Employees drywalled over windows and put bars on others to keep thieves out.

They are hoping it's the last time they have to make any changes to their security.

The thieves are also accused of doing about $5,000 dollars damage to the stores and mall.