Chicago police news affairs officer Veejay Zala said the 17-year-old suspect fled on foot after grabbing the phones three children set down while playing outside, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.
Zala said a sergeant used a tracking system installed on one of the phones to track down the suspect and retrieve the devices.
Police said charges were pending against the teenage suspect.
Toddler uninjured after being knocked over by Obama family dog
Ron Burgundy interviews Peyton Manning on SportsCenter