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Retail theft ring busted by LAPD

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The Los Angeles Police Department has busted an organized crime ring that robbed retail stores as recently as Thursday and Friday, the department said in a written statement Saturday.

The police arrested 18 suspects in connection with robberies valued around $23,000. The suspects ranged in age from 15 to 20 and were likely involved in 14 earlier incidents, with stolen goods valued at $90,000.

The investigation included the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A police official declined to comment on the arrests Saturday night but said the department plans to release video of the crimes Monday.

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