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Mag Mile Shops On Alert After Flash Mob Thefts
CBS ^ | 3/2/2011

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 they’ve been Tweeting each other. They pick a spot to meet and then go as groups to carry out their crimes. It’s 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 Filene’s 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 it’s 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 we’ve 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 there’s a stronger commitment on the part of the businesses to call when there are problems because they’re seeing the police are responding very quickly,” Chikow said.

At Filene’s, 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.

“We’re not gonna tolerate this in the district. We’re 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 don’t leave immediately.

The teens involved in the recent theft mob incidents have been charged with retail theft and reckless conduct. The North Face, Filene’s and Express, all had no comment.


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1 posted on 03/04/2011 5:27:43 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

Wow, we are degenerating into a 3rd would country at a much faster pace than I first thought!

Feral youth...


2 posted on 03/04/2011 5:29:15 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Altura Ct.

In Chicago...anyone taking bets that the “yoots” are Amish?


3 posted on 03/04/2011 5:31:44 AM PST by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: Altura Ct.
Why not? Whitey's money is OURS, and we can take what we have a RIGHT to have! OBAMA Money has not been flowing freely enough, and we need crack cash.....

70%+ of these kids have no fathers in the home; for the 4th generation....that's what Democrats have caused.

4 posted on 03/04/2011 5:31:59 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: traditional1

One word.. Claymores


5 posted on 03/04/2011 5:34:36 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The way to beat a terrorist is to terrorize him.)
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To: Altura Ct.

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.


6 posted on 03/04/2011 5:34:42 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: JRios1968
They are not Amish...

7 posted on 03/04/2011 5:36:10 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
LOL

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!

8 posted on 03/04/2011 5:38:28 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: TSgt

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.


9 posted on 03/04/2011 5:38:51 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Altura Ct.

And when they pick the wrong store to hit there’s gonna be a whole lotta blood spilled.


10 posted on 03/04/2011 5:39:58 AM PST by glaseatr (Father of a Marine, Uncle of SGT Adam Estep. A Co. 2/5 Cav. KIA Thurs April 29, 2004 Baghdad Iraq)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

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.


11 posted on 03/04/2011 5:40:06 AM PST by Mouton (Government expands to fill any voids in freedom.)
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To: Altura Ct.

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.


12 posted on 03/04/2011 5:41:25 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Altura Ct.

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.


13 posted on 03/04/2011 5:44:27 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Flash mob meet Muzzle Flash.


14 posted on 03/04/2011 5:47:12 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Altura Ct.

Boy them Amish sure get sun tanned working them farms.


15 posted on 03/04/2011 5:48:57 AM PST by bikerman (Where Has My America Gone?)
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To: TSgt

Ali Baba and the forty thieves.


16 posted on 03/04/2011 5:49:49 AM PST by 1raider1
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To: Mouton

Do it at high temp. Then when it cools down you just sweep the ashes away.


17 posted on 03/04/2011 5:50:51 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The way to beat a terrorist is to terrorize him.)
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To: glaseatr
And when they pick the wrong store to hit there’s gonna be a whole lotta blood spilled.

And the best part is the crooks who are gunned down will never steal again.

18 posted on 03/04/2011 5:51:28 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Altura Ct.

A Super Soaker with mace, or a couple of cans of wasp spray ought to do it.


19 posted on 03/04/2011 5:53:01 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: TSgt

Wait till the flash mob home invasions start.


20 posted on 03/04/2011 5:53:16 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Altura Ct.
This kind of behavior, gang robbing, will be transferred to private residences as barriers to robbing the stores in this manner are implemented. It is too easy for them to be successful at getting what they think they deserve in this manner. Fun times ahead.
21 posted on 03/04/2011 5:54:01 AM PST by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: TSgt

Normally, I oppose police brutality.

However, it would be a shame if one of these youts fell while resisting.


22 posted on 03/04/2011 5:54:16 AM PST by Larry Lucido (The "examiner" blog is the Typhoid Jane of warmed over news. Visit at your own risk!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Given the level of honor and respect from our nation’s public school teachers why is anyone surprised at this behaviour.


23 posted on 03/04/2011 5:55:35 AM PST by Carley (WISCONSIN STREET NO DIFFERENT THAN THE ARAB STREET. UGLY AND VIOLENT)
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To: TSgt
The message Obama and his minions are sending out (that the wealth of "rich white folks" and everyone else is the rightly the property of the "entitled") is taking hold quickly.

Add to the mix technology that helps a band of thieves move as an organized pack and there is nothing to prevent this wildfire from spreading.

In fact, when one considers that the President of the United States (the idol to these punks) is essentially saying this kind of behavior is OK, a poor kid would have to be stupid NOT to take what is rightly his.

Not helping yourself to the finer things in life would be unpatriotic in Obamaland.

24 posted on 03/04/2011 6:00:13 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

I believe they call it, “social justice.”


25 posted on 03/04/2011 6:01:46 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Next, some citizen will tackle one of these thieves and get charged with assault.....


26 posted on 03/04/2011 6:02:47 AM PST by G Larry
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To: EQAndyBuzz; Mouton; allmendream; pnh102; 70th Division

Problem solvers BUMP!

(Be prepared BUMP!)


27 posted on 03/04/2011 6:04:18 AM PST by PGalt
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

Bad idea. While there is much chance of them getting shot by a homeowner in Chicago, in other areas it could get messy.


28 posted on 03/04/2011 6:11:37 AM PST by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Little Ray

It is a bad idea, and when they realize guns are in homes, they will bring guns with them.


29 posted on 03/04/2011 6:13:11 AM PST by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: TSgt
That's right. These kids are just helping the President redistribute the wealth according to the principles of "social justice."

It's their patriotic duty!

30 posted on 03/04/2011 6:15:55 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: Altura Ct.

What can you expect from people who have been so down trodden all their lives.
The Government checks are not coming fast enough. If these kids were treated fairly all of them should have gotten a check from the Pigford settlment.
These kids who cannot pass a test in school can read a twitter and plan an attck on a business easily enough.
They may not graduate from High school, but a good percentage will work their way up in the Dope business.


31 posted on 03/04/2011 6:16:39 AM PST by Venturer
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To: All

One of these idiots getting double tapped will end this foolishness....


32 posted on 03/04/2011 6:18:24 AM PST by Maverick68
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To: Altura Ct.

Nothing that the judicious use of a 45 auto couldn’t resolve. After a few dozen “youths” get themselves killed, the rest will seek safer activities.

It’s always fun and games until someone loses an eye!


33 posted on 03/04/2011 6:19:18 AM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Altura Ct.

The efficiency of individual initiative. Why depend on the government to redistribute the wealth? Cut out the middle man. They are to be commended. Following the example of folks in D.C. and all state capitals.


34 posted on 03/04/2011 6:23:48 AM PST by all the best
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To: Altura Ct.

Democracy in action in its purest form. Now how many here still believe in that? The Founding Fathers hated it for this very reason that we see today.

The process of converting our country from a representative republic to a Leftist democracy has been an on-going process for about 100 years.


35 posted on 03/04/2011 6:24:56 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Altura Ct.
What's interesting is that they hit The North Face. TNF's HQ is based just outside of San Francisco, and when I was there, its employees ranged from "Left" to "Far Left" to "Totally Incomprehensible".

Wonder what they think of these underpriviledged yutes lowering their margins, and thus, their bonuses?

And FWIW, I'd be a little dubious of the article's claim of $3000 in TNF merch stolen. That's not much, $200-400 and up jackets add up fast.

36 posted on 03/04/2011 6:31:32 AM PST by wbill
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To: Altura Ct.

Flash Mobs = trainees for the forthcoming Obama Brown Shirt Brigades


37 posted on 03/04/2011 6:34:03 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Altura Ct.

Looks like an average gathering of Democrat voters.


38 posted on 03/04/2011 6:50:05 AM PST by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Altura Ct.

Distinguished Graduates of AmeriCorps...


39 posted on 03/04/2011 6:55:02 AM PST by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Altura Ct.

Well why shouldn’t they our society won’t do a damn thing to those knuckle heads. The perp is now the victim.


40 posted on 03/04/2011 6:57:07 AM PST by Rappini (Pro Deo et Patria)
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Welcome to America 2011
NEW & Improved 3rd World Version


41 posted on 03/04/2011 6:57:41 AM PST by MrInvisible
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To: Altura Ct.

I don’t care if they are teens, they are committing looting, and police should have orders to “Shoot To Kill.”

That will put an end to this, right away.


42 posted on 03/04/2011 6:59:17 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: EQAndyBuzz
"One word.. Claymores "

They're juveniles, give them the benefit of say stun guns and tazers--just in case they can turn their sorry lives around. Besides, they are so entertaining in the throes of voltage at amperage.

43 posted on 03/04/2011 7:07:04 AM PST by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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To: Altura Ct.
Very interesting comments at the link :So many like to claim that angry online comments are just a way of "blowing off steam", ie, nothing will ever come of online anger. I don't know-all the comments I am seeing EVERYWHERE these days make me think more of kindling, that just needs one spark to turn into a city wide (statewide? Country wide?) conflagration. Be that as it may, I just have to share this posted comment:

Teacher in Miami

I am an elementary teacher and I have been telling people for a while now that kids have learned to collude and conspire as early as second grade. I had a class of students tell me that they were not going to do the assignments I gave them because they did not have to do it and that I could not give them “all” a failing grade, so they all conspired to not do the work. Sad part is that I was told by my administrators, who did not believe me when I mentioned this, that I could not fail all of them, so I have to cave in to the mob of second graders or lose my job. These mobs stealing grades and learning to use technology to collude and plot against teachers are the daily reality we deal with, and parents don’t care as long as little Bobby or Susie is getting a passing grade.

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Second grade...Freaking SECOND grade-!!!

If you didn't fear for the future, start now.

44 posted on 03/04/2011 7:32:46 AM PST by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
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To: TSgt

They learn from their leader Obama.


45 posted on 03/04/2011 9:00:20 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: kaylar

I experienced the Cincinnati riots, the most recent racial riot in America’s history.

You are correct about the situation just needing a spark, but instead of kindling I believe it’s much more explosive.

Obama set unrealistic expectations. People really thought their lives would get better. Instead, the economy got worse and now many of their programs may be cut off for austerity reasons.

They will feel betrayed and angry and will take what they perceive to be their slice of pie forcibly though many of these same folks have been living off pie their entire lives.

I’m glad I live in the country and not in the city...


46 posted on 03/04/2011 9:15:08 AM PST by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: TSgt
In November 2008, I owned one old .357, which was collecting under a bed, unloaded.

By April 2009, DH had acquired a CCW license and a Walther p22 .

By June 2010, I had my CCW, and we had purchased a 38 snub nose, a Colt 45, two Ruger LCPs (those are our CCW firearms-we just put laser lights on them last night :-) ), a Henry rifle, and several thousand rounds of ammo.

We intend to get an AR 15 and a shotgun, ASAP.

For Valentine's Day, I received a CCW purse-that's a purse with a side compartment into which you slide a hand gun. It's real red leather-top that for a romantic gesture. :-)

No prizes for guessing what triggered this frenzy of "stockpiling" weapons.:-(

It wasn't even so much BHO and what he said/did, as what his followers (or perhaps worshipers would be the more apt term) have said, done, and stated they intend to do).

We live in a small town of 20,000, in a mostly rural county, in a largely rural, low population state (MO).

We aren't as well off as someone living in the country, like you, but we're a helluva lot better off than if we were still living in KC, Omaha, or Miami-never mind a major city in a blue state.

I anticipate a bloodbath in the major blue state (and some red state) cities some time between summer 2011-winter 2012. Whether the bloodbath will be at the hands of roving Entitlement Thugs or will be committed by government forces is the only thing I wonder about.But I do agree something is going to trigger major trouble : Complete economic collapse? BHO not getting reelected? BHO calling off elections and declaring martial law? Some racial incident sparking protests that turn into a riot? Something's coming....

47 posted on 03/04/2011 10:05:30 AM PST by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
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To: kaylar

I agree with you. This whole thing is simmering, just below view. I also think that both sides are simmering...I cannot recall that at any time before to this degree in my lifetime.

I had this feeling from the moment that bozo was elected....something is going to blow, and right soon.

In November, 2008, I owned an 870, and a Ruger 10/22. In March, 2010, I added a Ruger SR9 to the pile. In September, 2010, I got my CCW, and carry said Ruger darn near everywhere I go. In October, 2010, I added a Ruger 22/45 MK3 to the pile, and in January, 2011, another Ruger 10-22. Add to this the requisite several thousand rounds of ammo...equally distributed among the various calibers represented. Next, I am working on DW CCW...and then a .380 will be added to the pile.

Something wicked this way comes.....i agree


48 posted on 03/04/2011 10:21:05 AM PST by QualityMan (Don't Tread on Me)
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To: QualityMan
I also think that both sides are simmering...I cannot recall that at any time before to this degree in my lifetime

That's what strikes me, too...When I first started lurking at FR in December 1999, WE were pissed off, as were the folks at other conservative or libertarian sites...But little or no anger over political issues at the "hobby" or "social" sites I hang out at, where most of the folks identified as liberal or moderate ( and where there was then rarely any political talk). Today at those same sites, there's so much anger at Republicans and conservatives-and they're mad at Republicans and "the government" over the exact same things for which we are mad at Democrats , liberals, and "the government" . BOTH sides are equally enraged and for the same reasons, they just differ on who's to blame. And of course it's not just liberal/conservative-I'm seeing a lot more racial rage , too, even though it's often politicized.

49 posted on 03/04/2011 10:35:58 AM PST by kaylar (It's MARTIAL law. Not marshal(l) or marital! This has been a spelling PSA. PS Secede not succeed)
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To: Farmer Dean
Wait till the flash mob home invasions start.

There will be some not so happy teens if they start that.

50 posted on 03/04/2011 10:41:43 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (America has two cancers - democrats and RINOS.)
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