Crime doesn't pay — and it can't outrun a group of Marines, even if they are decked out in dress blues.
The leathernecks were heading out when they saw three men burst out of the mall. A teenage girl screamed that the men had stolen something from her. She later told police they had surrounded her and taken her cell phone.
Without hesitation or discussion, the Marines gave chase through the parking lot and across a busy intersection stacked with Christmas traffic. Though the teenage suspects got off to a fast and early start, they were no match for the Marines.
Two suspects soon realized the effort was futile and gave up without a fight. The Marines surrounded them in a shopping center parking lot about 500 yards from the spot the chase started. The third suspect decided to press his luck, but was nabbed by a police officer near the store's entrance. The ordeal was first reported by Fox 2 Detroit.
While the effort garnered the cheer of onlookers, the trio was humble in describing the events to Marine Corps Times.
The Marines' response was proof that they've been trained to react to the unknown, said Staff Sgt. Randal Nelson, who runs aviation supply by trade but has been a recruiter for the past three months.
"They are three of our finest, and I think that was definitely displayed during this event," Nelson said.