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Seattle police arrest 5 teens in University Village retail theft operation

By KIRO 7 News Staff,


Five teens were arrested late last month as part of an organized retail theft operation at Seattle’s University Village, the Seattle Police Department announced Wednesday .

According to police, officers with SPD’s Community Response Group partnered with seven U-Village retailers to look for suspected thieves and shoplifters on Thursday, Jan. 26.

Throughout the day, officers noticed five female suspects — four 16-year-olds and one 18-year-old — exiting stores with merchandise they hadn’t paid for. Officers arrested the five suspects and recovered more than $1,000 worth of merchandise.

The five suspects face shoplifting charges, but since shoplifting is a misdemeanor, they were not booked into jail, police said. SPD will request criminal charges be filed in the case.

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