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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.
Normally, I oppose police brutality.
However, it would be a shame if one of these youts fell while resisting.
Given the level of honor and respect from our nation’s public school teachers why is anyone surprised at this behaviour.
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.
I believe they call it, “social justice.”
Next, some citizen will tackle one of these thieves and get charged with assault.....
Problem solvers BUMP!
(Be prepared BUMP!)
Bad idea. While there is much chance of them getting shot by a homeowner in Chicago, in other areas it could get messy.
It is a bad idea, and when they realize guns are in homes, they will bring guns with them.
It's their patriotic duty!
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.
One of these idiots getting double tapped will end this foolishness....
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!
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.
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.
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.
Flash Mobs = trainees for the forthcoming Obama Brown Shirt Brigades
Looks like an average gathering of Democrat voters.
Distinguished Graduates of AmeriCorps...
Well why shouldn’t they our society won’t do a damn thing to those knuckle heads. The perp is now the victim.
Welcome to America 2011
NEW & Improved 3rd World Version
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.
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.
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 dont 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.
They learn from their leader Obama.
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...
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....
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
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.
There will be some not so happy teens if they start that.