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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three teenagers were arrested Tuesday after allegedly stealing $2,000 in merchandise from a Walmart.

The robbery happened at about 8:30 a.m. at the store on Galleria Boulevard. An employee flagged down a nearby police officer, saying the teens had fled in a blue Ford Expedition.

The SUV was stopped a short time later on Village Lake Drive at Independence Boulevard.

Police say one of the teens jumped from the SUV and ran, but was caught after a brief chase.

Willie James Spring, 19; Laregis McCoy, 19; and Nemiah Davis, 18; are charged with felony larceny.

Police say they found more than $2,000 in stolen items from the Walmart. Police say the three teens have a history of stealing from stores in Charlotte and nearby counties.

According to CMPD, this is the 11th felony that Springs has been charged with since 2008.

McCoy's prior arrests date back to 2008 when he was charged with assaulting a high school coach. In 2009, McCoy was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

CMPD said Davis had eight outstanding warrants for his arrest when he was caught Tuesday morning. He has been arrested in Mecklenburg County eight times since 2009.

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