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Teens accused of stealing almost $2,000 in cell phones from store

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By Jenny Arnold

Two teenagers were charged after police said they shoplifted almost $2,000 in cell phones from Verizon Wireless on Monday.

The names of the two 15-year-old boys will not be released because of their age.

Both boys have been charged by the Department of Juvenile Justice with shoplifting greater than $1,000.

One of the boys has also been charged with resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools.

According to a Lancaster Police Department incident report, officers were called to the Verizon Wireless store in the University Square shopping center about 8 p.m. Monday.

As officers were on their way to the call, they received information that the Wal-Mart security guard saw two boys run from the Verizon store behind the business toward Walgreens, the report said.

After a short chase, officers caught both boys.

Patting down one of the 15-year-olds, an officer found a pair of wire cutters in his pocket, the report said.

A Verizon employee told police that there were several teens in the store acting suspiciously.

When she questioned one of the teens, he told her that he needed some minutes on his prepaid phone.

The employee went back to her stand and heard the alarm go off.

Two boys in white T-shirts ran out the door, the report said.

Five cell phones, each valued at between $170 to $500, were missing from the store, the report said. The phones have a total value of $1,860.

The phones, which were held by zip-wire ties, were taken from their display cases.

One of the boys told police that they only took two phones, and the phones were in some tall grass where one of them had been hiding, the report said.

Two cell phones, with a total value of $970, were recovered by officers and returned to the Verizon store.

Police are looking into the possibility of another person being involved in the case, the report said.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151