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Cops: Burglars busted on shopping spree with stolen credit cards

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Jalil L. Allen, 25 Jalil L. Allen, 25
Lawrence C. Milles-Trace, 24 Lawrence C. Milles-Trace, 24
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (Associated Press) -

Two Florida men who broke into a woman's car and stole her purse as she was working out were arrested hours later using her credit cards on a shopping spree at a west suburban mall.

About 11:30 a.m. March 18, the woman returned to her car in the parking lot of the LA Fitness at 102 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Villa Park to find the window smashed and her purse gone, according to Villa Park police.

But officers quickly were able to track the suspects a they used the woman's credit card at several places, including the Macy's and Foot Locker stores at the Stratford Mall in Bloomingdale, police said.

Villa Park detectives went to the mall and got a description of the suspects from video surveillance cameras showing them using the credit cards. And police did not have to search far.

While officers were still in the mall, the suspects tried to use another stolen credit from a different victim at the Kohl's store in the mall, according to police. They were apprehended without incident.

A number of stolen credit cards were recovered, linking the suspects to car burglaries in Villa Park, Westmont and Downers Grove, according to police,who said the pair appeared to target vehicles at health clubs and day care centers.

Police also recovered several items bought with the stolen credit cards, including some of the clothing one of the suspects was wearing at the time of the arrest, police said.

Lawrence C. Milles-Trace, 24; was charged with forgery and illegal use of a credit card, while Jalil L. Allen, 25, was charged with forgery and misdemeanor possession of stolen property, according to police.

Court information was not immediately available.

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