LONG BEACH (CBS) — You’ve heard of stealing candy from a baby…this is just as woeful. Police in Long Beach are accusing three teens, two 19-year-old men and a 17-year-old girl, of snatching a gold chain from off a 5-year-old girl’s neck.

The strong-armed robbery occurred Dec. 27 in the 1100 block of East 10th Street as the 5-year-old girl was walking with her mother, said Sgt. Rico Fernandez of the Long Beach Police Department.

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“The victim’s uncle, who witnessed the crime, chased the suspect on foot and was able to recover the chain but was then confronted by the second suspect,” Fernandez said.

Both suspects fled the scene in a black, 2001 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Fernandez said. The alleged getaway vehicle was found and impounded four days later.

Daniel Bard, 19, was arrested Feb. 16 and 19-year-old Kirk Lewis was taken into custody the next day, Fernandez said.

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A third suspect, identified only as a 17-year-old girl, was arrested Wednesday.

Detectives believe the three teenagers were also involved in a similar robbery near Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Fe Avenue Dec. 8 and others.

Police urged anyone who may have been a victim of a similar crime or have any information about the suspects or possible victims to contact the Long Beach Police Department’s Robbery Detail at (562) 570-7464.

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