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Tacoma police arrest candy muggers

Thu., Nov. 1, 2012, 8:05 a.m.

Six teens in custody

TACOMA — Police say six teens wearing blue bandanas robbed children and adults in six armed holdups on Halloween in Tacoma.

The muggers took wallets, back packs and cell phones between 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Lt. Gerry Lerum told KOMO they also took a bag of candy from an 11-year-old.

A police dog tracked the suspects to a car where police arrested all six. Officers also recovered the stolen items and seized the masks and a .22-caliber handgun used in the robberies.

The suspects — ages 13 to 17 — were booked into Remann Hall, the Pierce County juvenile detention facility.

Lerum says police believe the robberies would have escalated if they had not been arrested.

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