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Three Madison teenagers were arrested Wednesday afternoon for an alleged two-day crime spree, the Madison Police Department said.

The three male teenagers, two aged 14 and one 13, fled police on foot in a parking lot of West Towne Mall after they allegedly stole a pickup truck and several purses and wallets, said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. The trio was taken to the Juvenile Reception Center.

It all started Tuesday morning when a 61-year-old Far West Side resident woke up to find his pickup truck stolen from the Welton Drive home, DeSpain said.

The following morning, a purse was snatched from the car of an employee at Attic Angel, 8301 Old Sauk Road, where a truck similar to the stolen vehicle was spotted in the parking lot.

Around noon Wednesday, DeSpain said a pickup truck pulled up to a pump at the Mobil gas station, 33 Junction Court, where a 33-year-old Black Earth woman noticed two people leave the truck without attending to the gas pump. While she was filling her car, where her baby was in a child seat, her wallet was taken, according to DeSpain.

Then another purse disappeared. A 64-year-old woman, who was also pumping gas at the 8230 Watts Road Mobil gas station, had her purse taken from the front seat, DeSpain said.

Soon after, the teenagers were located after the pickup truck was spotted at West Towne Mall, containing the stolen purse from Attic Angel. DeSpain said they fled on foot before being arrested around 12:45 p.m.

All of them are tentatively charged with theft from a vehicle and resisting arrest, while the 13-year-old is tentatively charged with operating a motor vehicle without owner's consent, DeSpain said.

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Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.