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Lifeguard Thwarts iPhone Robbery During Air Show

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Darrell Griffin (left) and Garland Smith (right) both face felony charges after allegedly stealing iPhones in separate incidents on or near the lakefront on Aug. 17, 2013. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

Darrell Griffin (left) and Garland Smith (right) both face felony charges after allegedly stealing iPhones in separate incidents on or near the lakefront on Aug. 17, 2013. (Credit: Cook County Sheriff)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – A lifeguard is being credited with foiling one of several iPhone robberies on or near the lakefront on Saturday.

WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports five suspects – including three juveniles – face charges, following three separate robberies on Saturday, two of them at the Air & Water Show.

A 20-year-old Chicago Park District lifeguard foiled one attempt to steal a phone at Oak Street Beach, when he went after the accused thief – 25-year-old Darrell Griffin – on Saturday afternoon.

Griffin was arrested about 10 minutes after allegedly taking a Lyons man’s phone. The lifeguard chased him to a tunnel leading to and from the beach, where witnesses saw the two fighting. Griffin was charged with robbery.

Three teens also were arrested at Oak Street Beach on Saturday, after a man saw them swipe an iPhone and its case from under a Chicago man’s backpack on his beach blanket.

When officers questioned the boys – two 14-year-olds and a 15-year-old – they found one of them carrying the stolen iPhone in his pocket. All three were charged as juveniles, and face one count of theft each.

A few blocks away, at Michigan Avenue and Superior Street, a restaurant valet chased down 30-year-old Garland Smith, who allegedly stole an iPhone from a Morton Grove man. Smith was charged with felony theft.

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