Headline: Teens Stealing Girl's Phone Didn't Realize 3 Marines Were Standing Nearby

Three teen boys who swiped a teen girl's cellphone at a mall near Detroit on Dec. 22 weren't counting on three bored Marines being nearby at a mall recruiting post.

Three teen boys who swiped a teen girl's cellphone at a mall near Detroit on Dec. 22 weren't counting on three bored Marines being nearby at a mall recruiting post.

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According to Marine Corps Times, Pvt. Alex Berezansky, Pfc. Ryan Delaca, and Pfc. Blayne Edwards, just 18- and 19-years-old, heard the girl calling for help. Despite wearing dress blues and corfram shoes never meant for running, the Marine sprang into action.

The pursuit entered the parking lot and raced across a busy intersection, where two of the thieves, seeing the Marines quickly gaining despite their stiff uniforms, gave up. The third was stopped by police soon after.

Interviewed afterwards, Edwards quipped, “Do you really think you can outrun three Marines?”

He added, “We did it because someone needed help. We were running. We got some action. We’re on recruiter’s assistance, so it’s kind of boring.”

Giving his reasons for getting involved, Berezansky said that he was "raised to do the right thing and help those who can't help themselves."

Recruiter Staff Sgt. Randal Nelson praised the Marines' actions, saying "We stress to these guys to be prepared for any situation, especially in a day and age when our enemy isn’t always wearing a uniform. Whether it is a small petty theft or something on a bigger scale, we make sure their head is already on a swivel and they are prepared for any situation. [These Marines] are three of our finest, and I think that was definitely displayed during this event."