Three Atlantic City girls charged in a robbery spree in Egg Harbor Township cut off their surveillance bracelets and committed other crimes, police said.
The last day of the crime crossed at least three towns in Atlantic County and ended with an accident on West Jersey Avenue that injured the other reader and landed one of the minors in the hospital.
The girls, whose names and ages have not been released, had already been charged with several incidents on January 25, including a stolen motor vehicle, Capt Heath Per said.
They were released into house arrest with anklets.
But on Feb. 3, they turned off their monitors and took another ride in another vehicle, which had been reported stolen in Atlantic City, Per said.
The girls allegedly used the vehicle to drive to Hamilton Mall, where they allegedly stole more than $600 worth of shoes from Rare Pairs, Per said.
The Township of Egg Harbor learned of the incident after the black Nissan Rogue fled a motor vehicle stop around 3 p.m. on Washington Avenue near the Garden State Parkway, according to the report. There was no prosecution for security reasons.
About half an hour later, police were called to Dollar General on English Creek Avenue to three minors who were shoplifting and smoking marijuana inside the store, Per said.
The patrol responded, but the girls had already left.
Shortly after, the vehicle crashed onto West Jersey Avenue, injuring 51-year-old Mark Hewitt, a township resident.
While investigating the accident, police received a call from Chickie’s and Pete about three minors who ran up a $160 food bill and left without paying, Per said.
One of the girls was hospitalized with serious injuries following the accident. The other two are housed at the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center.
The incidents are being investigated by Constable Robert Moran of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department Traffic Unit and Detective Paul Janetta of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau. ‘Egg Harbor. Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 609-926-4051.