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Marines in dress blues stop suspected thieves outside mall


Ryan DeLaca and his fiance pictured. (Facebook)
Ryan DeLaca and his fiance pictured. (Facebook)

Marines donned in dress blue uniforms probably looked like superheroes to the girl whose cell phone was stolen inside a mall.

On December 22, 2015 in Westland, Michigan, three unsuspecting would-be cell phone thieves had their plans thwarted by a group of Marines home on temporary recruiting duty.

The Marines intervened when they heard a girl in the local mall scream that her cell phone was stolen, as the thieves made their way out of a nearby mall entrance. She later explained to police that she had been surrounded by the teenaged boys, who were caught by the Marine trio as they dodged traffic in a busy parking lot and intersection backed up with holiday traffic.

Two of three boys were stopped by the Marine-team made up of Pfc. Ryan Delaca, Pvt. Alex Bereansky, and Pfc. Blayne Edwards, about 500 yards away from the scene of the crime, the third boy was later stopped by a nearby police officer near the store’s entrance. Onlookers cheered the Marines who responded matter of fact that “I always try to do the right thing” and “do you really think you can outrun three Marines?”

Blayne Edwards, left (Facebook)
Blayne Edwards, left (Facebook)

The Marine men were surprised they could outrun the teens but were happy to be able to do their part in keeping the community safe and in making the holidays just a little bit brighter. The Marines said the police appreciated their help and at least three of the stolen cell phones were recovered.

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  1. Every time something bad happens, instead of concentrating on the crime….. Look for the helpers, there will always be helpers somewhere fading into the background when it’s all over. Thank you guys, you make the corp proud


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