LOOTERS HIT ATLANTA RETAILERS OVER WEEKEND

Byline: Georgia Lee

ATLANTA--Several retail operations here were looted over the weekend during Freaknik, an annual spring break party that draws approximately 200,000 black students from colleges across the country. Police speculated that local youths were responsible for the trouble.
Rich's department store at Greenbriar Mall on the southwest side of town was looted Saturday night. Reportedly $100,000 was lost in merchandise and damages. Rich's, which resumed regular business hours Sunday, declined to comment. Sports Profile, a sporting goods store on Peachtree Street, was also looted Friday night. Calls to the store on Sunday went unanswered.
Underground Atlanta, a retail and entertainment complex downtown, closed early Friday when trouble broke out. Northside malls Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square closed early, at 5 p.m. Saturday, when revelers converged on the facilities. Typically the stores stay open until 9:30 p.m. More than 200 people were arrested Friday and Saturday, said police. Rock throwing, sexual molestation and injuries were reported.

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