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50-75 people loot Jonesboro mall store.

Between 50 and 75 people looted Champs Sporting Goods in Jonesboro during store hours last Tuesday.

Employees at Champs, one of the last remaining stores in Indian Mall, didn't know exactly how much the merchandise taken on July 11 was worth, according to a Jonesboro Police Department report.

The employees told police that at 6 p.m. a group of men and women were in the store and some of the people started snatching items and running out the door. Several people from the group then returned to steal more items.

The employees ordered the customers out of the store and shut the gate to the store's entrance.

"Champs was left in disarray," the police report said.

No arrests had been made as of Thursday, and the store didn't have a surveillance camera.

Sgt. Stephen McDaniel, a spokesman for the Jonesboro Police Department, said he didn't know what might have led the group to target Champs.

"The case is still under investigation," he said.

McDaniel said it was "very uncommon" for a group of people to loot a store in Jonesboro.

Other store managers have criticized Indian Mall management for not keeping up the property since the $100 million Mall at Turtle Creek in Jonesboro opened in March.

"The [Indian] Mall's a joke," Gadzooks district manager Tracie Harris said last month. "There's no security; there's no ATM. There's not a place to get a drink."

In June, there were 12 stores left in the Indian Mall. Even the mall's customer service kiosk had closed.

A call to Indian Mall's management wasn't returned.
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Title Annotation:NE Journal: A Look at News From Northwest Arkansas
Author:Friedman, Mark
Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jul 17, 2006
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