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Mall owner removes cellphone -recycling kiosks from Towson Town Center

The company that runs malls in Towson, Columbia, Owings Mills and White Marsh is removing cellphone-recycling kiosks from its Maryland locations after politicians voiced concerns that the machines contribute to cellphone thefts, including a rash of robberies in north Baltimore last summer..

In August, at least five juveniles and one adult were arrested in a string of street robberies of pedestriands and joggers. Police said at the time that the suspects were thoght to be turing the machines in at Towson Town Center for cash.

General Growth Properties is taking ecoATMs out of all its properties in the state, a spokesman for the Chicago-based company said. The kiosks, which have...