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Police search for shoplifters near Cedar Rapids school

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Police spent Monday morning looking for shoplifters in the area of Van Buren Elementary.

According to Sergeant Cristy Hamblin, two shoplifting suspects ran from Westdale Mall and headed toward the school, which is on 29th Avenue SW.  Police used dogs to aid in the search.

Hamblin says officers asked if the school should be placed on lock down, but it was determined that the kids in the school were never in any danger since they believed the suspects were not armed.

Doors to Van Buren Elementary are also locked during the school day which lessened the threat even further.

Hamblin believes one suspect was caught but the other is still on the loose.

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