NEW VIDEO: 5 arrests after up to 1,000 juveniles cause disruption at mall

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- New video posted online shows the chaos inside the Cherry Hill Mall the day after Christmas that led police to arrest five minors.

Police say 700 to 1,000 youths swarmed the mall around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. They say it began near the JC Penney wing, but according to shoppers, the melee spread to the food court.

An Action News viewer sent cell phone video of crowds milling around near the food court.

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Teens cause disruption at Cherry Hill Mall: Monica Malpass reports on Action News at 11 p.m., December 26, 2017

Video posted by Facebook user Blu Diamond showed the teens and kids on multiple levels of the mall and filing onto an escalator.

The incident came days after Cherry Hill police urged parents to stop dropping their kids off at the mall.

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Five arrests after chaos at Cherry Hill Mall: Annie McCormick reports on Action News at 11 p.m., December 27, 2017

In a written statement, Cherry Hill police said five juveniles were arrested. Four were from Camden and one from Cherry Hill Their charges range from disorderly conduct to resisting arrest.

Witnesses tell Action News police used the loudspeaker and ushered the kids out, some causing the ruckus were as young as 12.

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Arrests after Cherry Hill Mall disturbance. Alicia Vitarelli reports during Action News at Noon on December 27, 2017.

Authorities say because of a large police presence no injuries or property damage were reported.

Some of the shoppers we spoke with say they wish the police would've kept that heavy presence until all the troublemakers were gone.
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