AIKEN — Two 18-year-old recruits getting ready to be Marines chased a couple of shoplifters at the Aiken Mall.

The Aiken Standard reports ( ) that Tura Brady and Jeremy DuMont saw a mall officer chasing two people but not keeping up around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday as they prepared for a run.

The teens sprinted after the suspects, who split up. The man DuMont was chasing dropped a bag full of stolen goods, and the recruit stopped to return the merchandise.

The man Brady was chasing got in a pickup truck. The recruit jumped in the truck bed, and the driver started swerving. Brady jumped out of the truck when it slowed down, but wrote down the license tag.

Aiken police are investigating.

Brady jokes that he was Batman and DuMont was Superman.