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Five arrested after up to 1,000 teens take over NJ mall

Five teens were arrested Tuesday night after up to 1,000 juveniles caused a disruption at a mall in New Jersey. 

The Cherry Hill Police Department said between 700 to 1,000 teens swarmed the Cherry Hill Mall around 7.30pm.  

Authorities said the incident began at the JC Penney entrance of the mall located on Route 38.

Five teens were arrested Tuesday night after up to 1,000 juveniles caused a disruption at a mall in New Jersey. More than a dozen teens are seen standing around outside the mall in this photo 

When officers were called to the scene, they found the near 1,000 unaccompanied teens around the food court, according to a police statement. Four of the teens arrested were from Camden and the fifth was from Cherry Hill. Pictured is a screen shot from inside the mall 

When officers were called to the scene, they found the near 1,000 unaccompanied teens around the food court, according to a police statement. Four of the teens arrested were from Camden and the fifth was from Cherry Hill. Pictured is a screen shot from inside the mall 

Video of the incident was sent to Action News and shows the juveniles gathered outside a mall entrance and inside the mall. 

When officers were called to the scene, they found the near 1,000 unaccompanied teens around the food court, according to a police statement. 

Police made five arrests while dispersing the crowd. 

Four of the teens arrested were from Camden, New Jersey and the fifth was from Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

They were arrested on charges ranging from disorderly conduct to resisting arrest. 

Authorities said there were no reports of injuries or property damage.

The incident occurred just hours after the Cherry Hill police warned parents not to let their kids go to the mall on their own.

Police wrote on Facebook Tuesday morning: ‘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.’

Authorities warned just hours before the incident that 'parents and guardians should not be dropping off their children unsupervised at retail shopping centers'. Pictured is the Cherry Hill Mall 

Authorities warned just hours before the incident that ‘parents and guardians should not be dropping off their children unsupervised at retail shopping centers’. Pictured is the Cherry Hill Mall 

Authorities said that ‘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.’ 

Police also warned that ‘juveniles acting in a disruptive manner’ will not be tolerated and they ‘will be escorted from the property’.

‘Those engaging in criminal behavior will be arrested and prosecuted,’ police warned.  



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