Skip to comments.Mag Mile Shops On Alert After Flash Mob Thefts
Posted on 03/04/2011 5:27:39 AM PST by Altura Ct.
Stores on the Mag Mile are on alert after several thefts involving flash mobs. In each case, a group of teens create a disturbance, steal items and then run from the stores.
CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports in the past several weeks, there have been at least three incidents on Michigan Avenue. Sources tell CBS 2 the teens involved are between 17 and 13 years old.
Apparently theyve been Tweeting each other. They pick a spot to meet and then go as groups to carry out their crimes. Its all part of a growing phenomenon.
You can see mob robbery videos on YouTube. In one tape, 50 teens are seen entering a St. Paul, Minnesota convenience store. Within minutes they take whatever they want and leave. The same thing has been happening in Chicago along the Magnificent Mile. Sources said Filenes Basement, The North Face store and Express have all been recent targets by these flash mobs.
Just see kids, random kids running out of stores, said witness Miralem Mahmatovic.
Mahmatovic said its been obvious the teens seen running, have had merchandise with them. He said he has seen a teen theft mob in action. We had a cop from Express chase down a kid here once, just chased her, caught her down at the corner, so weve seen it a couple of times.
At Express, sources said 11 teens stormed through the doors knocking over merchandise and alarming customers. Security tried to lock the doors and when police caught the teens, they also had merchandise with them from other stores.
Greater North Michigan Avenue Association President and CEO John Chikow said he organized a meeting Tuesday with law enforcement and representatives from about 70 stores along the Mag Mile. The police gave a briefing as to what their current activities are. I think theres a stronger commitment on the part of the businesses to call when there are problems because theyre seeing the police are responding very quickly, Chikow said.
At Filenes, teens ran onto the sales floor, grabbed items then ran out. At The North Face, they entered screaming and yelling, knocking over displays and grabbing clothes worth close to $3,000.
Were not gonna tolerate this in the district. Were just not gonna tolerate it, Chikow said.
Police have increased patrols and are also focusing in on areas identified as teen meeting points. The moment a large group is seen gathering in a known area, the teens are told they will be arrested for loitering and will be arrested if they dont leave immediately.
The teens involved in the recent theft mob incidents have been charged with retail theft and reckless conduct. The North Face, Filenes and Express, all had no comment.
Wow, we are degenerating into a 3rd would country at a much faster pace than I first thought!
In Chicago...anyone taking bets that the “yoots” are Amish?
70%+ of these kids have no fathers in the home; for the 4th generation....that's what Democrats have caused.
One word.. Claymores
And the best part is that as juveniles, they will end up with a slap on the wrist at best and a clean record as they enter adulthood.
That's exaclty what I've suggested to slow down the flood of 3rd World Julio's at the Mexican/US border, too.
It's "not neighborly", though, per the Leftists.
We leave the door to our home (USA) wide open to burglars, who not only are allowed in without penalty, but we are FORCED to let them eat out food (food stamps), use our doctors at our expense (Medical Care), go to our schools (pulik skoolz), and we even have to print our documents in THEIR language!
Yep, and I can betcha these are kids with little to no supervision and it’s probably always been that way. Most likely most have no fathers around.
And when they pick the wrong store to hit there’s gonna be a whole lotta blood spilled.
Claymores, guess that would give a whole new meaning to the words “Flash Mob”! Love it.
Mine would be flame throwers. A five second burst of naptha would quell them for sure, is somewhat less noisey and provides a nice pyrotechnic display at the same time.
Time to start carding these kids that come into the mall. If they are under 16 years old without adult supervision, no admission. Or if there are groups of more then 2 or 3. What a shame.
Time to bring chain gangs back. Catch’em and give’em hard labor until whatever it is they stole is paid for, whether they recover the items or not.
Flash mob meet Muzzle Flash.
Boy them Amish sure get sun tanned working them farms.
Ali Baba and the forty thieves.
Do it at high temp. Then when it cools down you just sweep the ashes away.
And the best part is the crooks who are gunned down will never steal again.
A Super Soaker with mace, or a couple of cans of wasp spray ought to do it.
Wait till the flash mob home invasions start.
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