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Mesa Police Call in Ghetto Bird to Pursue Three 15-Year-Old Alleged Candy Thieves

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Three Mesa teens probably didn't expect police to call in a friggin' police helicopter when they tried to flee the cops after breaking into a school to steal some candy last night.

But that's exactly what happened, and the three 15-year-old kids were promptly taken into custody.

Mesa police say the three teen boys broke into the Webster Basic School at 7301 East Baseline Road about 11:50 last night and rummaged through two classrooms.

An alarm went off, dispatching police, and the three boys ran.

Two of the boys were seen running north across Baseline Road, through a residential neighborhood, and onto a golf course.

Mesa cops called in a police chopper as the two teens tried to ditch the fuzz on the course. The ghetto-bird led ground officers to the two boys, who eventually gave up without incident.

The third teen was identified and arrested soon after.

Police later checked out the school and found the teens went into at least two classrooms. They broke a computer monitor and stole some candy and office supplies.

All three were arrested for trespassing and curfew violations. Two were also charged with burglary.

It's unclear, at the moment, who will be on the hook for the cost of using the police chopper to pursue 15-year-old candy thieves.

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