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NORMAL — Hundreds of dollars in merchandise was taken from the Von Maur store on Sunday by three female juveniles suspected in a series of crimes in Central Illinois, Normal police said on Monday.

Normal Police Sgt. Jeff Longfellow said Springfield police contacted the local department about 5:30 p.m. Sunday regarding a stolen vehicle that a GPS tracking device indicated was at the Von Maur store in the Shoppes at College Hills.

As police were responding, they received a call from Von Maur that three females had “grabbed a large amount of merchandise,” said Longfellow.

The responding officer saw them get in the car, but as he approached, they locked the doors and drove off down Veterans Parkway. Police did not chase them, he said.

Lincoln police later spotted the car but were unable to stop it, police said.

Springfield police eventually located the car and it contained hangers from Von Maur, but none of the stolen merchandise, said Longfellow.

A final tally had not been turned in Monday morning, he said, but it was over the $300 level to make it felony retail theft.

Longfellow said the three suspects are known to Springfield police and “over the last week, they've been on this little crime spree,” including retail theft and burglary.

He said because most of the crimes have been in the Springfield area, police there are taking the lead on the case but “we'll have charges, too.”

Officials at the Von Maur store declined comment.

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