Police say up to 1,000 juvenile thugs were causing a disruption at the Cherry Hill Mall on Tuesday night leading to some arrests.
— SNJ Today (@SNJToday) December 28, 2016
They were warned last week, but the warning went for naught and the thugs swarmed the mall again.
The incident began around 7:30 p.m. at the JC Penney entrance of the mall located on Route 38.
Arriving officers found approximately 700 to 1,000 unaccompanied juvenile thugs at the mall, reports ABC6.
An Action News viewer sent cell phone video of crowds milling around near the food court.
While dispersing the crowd, police arrested 5 of the more thugs.
Four of those arrested were from Camden, New Jersey; the other was from Cherry Hill. The junior thugs face charges including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The incident garnered a lot of attention on social media Tuesday night, with many people warning others from going to the mall.
Police say no injuries or property damage were reported.
Fox Valley Mall wildin pic.twitter.com/UU7p0Qq7Gs
— Velma (@BFitman) December 27, 2016
Just last week, Cherry Hill police warned parents not to let kids on their own at the mall, as CBS Philly reported below.
Here is the statement in full by the Cherry Hill Police cautioning parents against leaving their children at the mall unattended:
The day after Christmas is one of the busiest shopping days of the season. Over the last few years malls nationwide have seen an increase in the number of unattended juveniles that are dropped off at retail shopping centers creating disturbances and engaging in criminal behavior.
The Cherry Hill Police Department wants everyone to have a safe shopping experience. Parents and guardians should not be dropping off their children unsupervised at retail shopping centers. Although the Cherry Hill Mall does not enforce a parental escort policy, there is a code of conduct that must be adhered to and anyone acting in an inappropriate manner will be asked to leave.
The Police will not tolerate juveniles acting in a disruptive manner. Juveniles not acting responsibly will be escorted from the property and their parents will be called to the Police station to pick them up. Those engaging in criminal behavior will be arrested and prosecuted. The Cherry Hill Police Department will have officers patrolling the parking lots and the interior of the mall as well as other retail shopping centers.
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
December 27th, 2017
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