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Teens accused of armed robbery for party clothes
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- They wanted to look good for a party Saturday night, that's three teens' motive for putting on Halloween masks and robbing a market in East Walnut Hills Saturday.
They told police they did it for a shopping spree at Kenwood Towne Center, and that's where they were caught. The teenagers, 14, 15 and 16-years-old are from three high schools: Moeller, Aiken and Taft. Security video outside DeSales Market on Woodburn Avenue shows them right before they go inside, point a gun at patrons, order them to the floor and rob them of credit cards and money. They also robbed the cash register.
CEO of 3CDC, Steve Leeper, was one of the victims. He cancelled his credit cards right away. As that was processing the teens were in a cab on their way to the mall, using the cards at the food court, then a popular teen clothing store, "Buckle."
When the card was used, Leeper was notified. He called Cincinnati Police, who notified Hamilton County Sheriffs Deputies, who found the trio still in the store and still with the stolen cards.
Cincinnati Police Captain Jeff Butler said it's shocking looking into the three teenagers and finding they have no criminal record. He wondered how they made the leap of no criminal activity to an armed robbery.
The teens told police they, "Wanted clothes to go to a party that night." It will likely be a long time before that happens.
All three are charged with two aggravated robberies. Even though the gun they used was an air gun, it looked real and everyone in the store thought it was real. Under the law, it may as well have been.
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