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At U. Darby Sears, dozens invade & flee with thousands in merchandise [ Philly ]
philly.com ^ | By STEPHANIE FARR

Posted on 06/27/2011 11:55:30 AM PDT by NoLibZone

DOZENS OF West Philly boys - ranging in age from 11 to 19 - stormed a Sears store in Upper Darby on Thursday as part of a "flash mob" and made off with thousands of dollars' worth of merchandise, police said.


Upper Darby police released this surveillance image that they said was recorded during the invasion of the store by dozens of youths.

Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said he believed that the group organized the mass theft through social networking, although the exact networking site was not yet clear.

He said that the kids traveled together on public transportation and arrived at the store on 69th Street en masse about 7:10 p.m.

The kids - Chitwood estimated there were around 40 boys - scattered throughout the store and began to "rob, steal and pillage," he said.

They took everything from sneakers to watches but left behind the boxes and tags, Chitwood said.

As of this weekend, Sears was still trying to tally up its losses, which were believed to be in the thousands of dollars, police said.

Responding officers were able to capture 16 of the suspects, the youngest of which was 11 and the oldest, 19. The 19-year-old was charged with retail theft and corrupting the morals of a minor.

The other 15, all of whom were juveniles from West Philadelphia, were charged with retail theft and released to the custody of their parents, Chitwood said.

"When this mob mentality comes to a community and robs a village, there has to be consequences," he said. "That's the only way you're going to stop this."

Chitwood said that while some of the parents were very upset when they picked their kids up, for some, it seemed just "like part of a day's work."

"People have to realize this is not condoned, funny or cute. It's criminal. Period," Chitwood said. "If you've got an 11-year-old involved in this type of mob mentality, what are they going to be doing when they are 16?"


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: flashmob; looting; mobs; organizedcrime; riot

1 posted on 06/27/2011 11:55:35 AM PDT by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

Sounds like target practice to me. 11 years old or not, “pour encourager les autres” may be the answer.


2 posted on 06/27/2011 11:57:32 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: NoLibZone

Philly should follow the example of Vancouver and start a Facebook page and ask for people to ID the miscreants.


3 posted on 06/27/2011 11:58:21 AM PDT by MeganC (NO WAR FOR OIL! ........except when a Democrat's in charge.)
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To: NoLibZone

Obaffan SS stormtroopers picking up their pay.


4 posted on 06/27/2011 11:58:44 AM PDT by Bertha Fanation
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To: NoLibZone
Chitwood said that while some of the parents were very upset when they picked their kids up, for some, it seemed just "like part of a day's work."

Tiny nugget of good news buried in there, although they don't say who "the parents were very upset" with.

I'm guessing that approximately half the upset parents were upset with the cops.

5 posted on 06/27/2011 11:59:19 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: NoLibZone

What a racist photograph! Everybody knows that it could have just as easily been 5-11 year old Amish girls. < / sarcasm >


6 posted on 06/27/2011 11:59:24 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: NoLibZone
... while some of the parents were very upset when they picked their kids up, for some, it seemed just "like part of a day's work."

Probably upset they got caught.................

7 posted on 06/27/2011 11:59:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (Nothing is a 'right' if someone has to give it to you................)
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To: NoLibZone

ACORN (or whatever phony name it goes by now) summer employees passing their probationary test.


8 posted on 06/27/2011 11:59:48 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: MeganC
Philly should follow the example of Vancouver and start a Facebook page and ask for people to ID the miscreants.

Oh yeah. That'll happen.

9 posted on 06/27/2011 12:00:14 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: NoLibZone

This is learned at home,Blame and hate,so anything goes here,the solution is to shoot a bunch of them.


10 posted on 06/27/2011 12:00:15 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: MeganC
start a Facebook page and ask for people to ID the miscreants.

You think the hood is going to snitch on the hood? Yeah, right.

The perps in Vancouver were generally otherwise normal people with community contacts (UBC, etc).

11 posted on 06/27/2011 12:01:29 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Vigilanteman
What a racist photograph! Everybody knows that it could have just as easily been 5-11 year old Amish girls. < / sarcasm >

You know there is a large Amish population within a day's wagon ride of Philly. < / sarc >

12 posted on 06/27/2011 12:07:15 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: NoLibZone

Clerks armed with Pepper Spray and handcuffs. Screen all people coming in store. Many years ago some small stores would only allow 2-3 youths in the store at atime.


13 posted on 06/27/2011 12:11:26 PM PDT by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: NoLibZone

The most racist photo I have ever seen. This must be suppressed.


14 posted on 06/27/2011 12:11:55 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: NoLibZone

Excess melanin made them do it.


15 posted on 06/27/2011 12:11:59 PM PDT by JeanLM
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To: NoLibZone

Excess melanin made them do it.


16 posted on 06/27/2011 12:12:08 PM PDT by JeanLM
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To: NoLibZone
Barack Obama, recollecting the source of his own personal motto, the "Audacity of Hope" sermon he heard from his black liberation church pastor, Reverend Wright:
White folks’ greed runs a world in need ...
What those young people are thinking, like their great man Obama, who like look up to and respect:
Face it you whiteys, all thats stuff is just be your greed, stuffs you gots by exploiting the black man. We's needs it, we's taking it. Don't you be all racist and try and stops us now! It's OURS, you crackahs!

OBAMA! Obama is the President! You leave us alone, this stuff is ours and we's taking it back!

Consider what the average black youngster, raised in by a single mom, on welfare, on food stamps, trained in schools where they teach HOW BAD and oppressive the white slave-owners were. Taught that everything they do is good, gold stars and happy faces. Not held to any account.

Consider what the example of Obama and his life-legend looks means to them.

THIS is the result. It's not a racist way of looking at what is happening in this Sears, or in the many other urban flash mobs incidents last year and this, it's the honest way of looking at them. The racial component is the strongest component.

Liberals and Marxists have destroyed the urban black, and are THIS close to creating a feral generation of the wild, so wild and dangerous that they will end up having to be dealt with very harshly, if the elites and the richest of America hold onto their toxic and destructive social philosophies that destroy families, if the march of suicidal liberal social polices is not fiercely rejected by a majority.

17 posted on 06/27/2011 12:16:52 PM PDT by bvw
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To: NoLibZone

Lock the doors and kill them like rabid dogs if they threaten the employees or owners.


18 posted on 06/27/2011 12:20:21 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: NoLibZone

This is the “Change” that Obama had promised and brought upon us. Do you hear him running to his teleprompter to denounce this stuff? No. Does he try to act like a “Big Brother” to the kids and show them how it is not in their interest to do this stuff? No. He ENCOURAGES it by his silence and also doing his Reverend Wright impression. Thanks to all you liberal and independent idiots who thought it would be cool to hire a minor league Marxist as President. When your kids turn their faces up to you and ask,”What happened to our country” what will you tell them? Bush’s fault?


19 posted on 06/27/2011 12:21:56 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: NoLibZone

Flash mob activity seems to be the work of anarchists.

Send out a “tweet” for strangers to suddenly organize at a specified public spot for who knows what.

Test the line of communications. Send out harmless sounding calls to gather so you can have enough patsies to create a distraction from your own planned activity.

Only a simpleton would follow such marching orders.


20 posted on 06/27/2011 12:22:29 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask Barack Obama this election if he believes Jesus Christ rose from the dead and walked among men.)
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To: NoLibZone

They should make it a felony to commit crimes using social networking tools.


21 posted on 06/27/2011 12:26:24 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would http://see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: bvw

Holder's and Obama's peoples first priority following Hurricane Katrina in the Chocolate City.

22 posted on 06/27/2011 12:27:05 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Be respectful, be courteous and have a plan to kill every mob member that threatens you.)
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To: vetvetdoug
Lock the doors and kill them like rabid dogs if they threaten the employees or owners.

Lock the doors, send in a SWAT team and arrest every last one of them. Let them learn that a flash mob in a store can be reduced to a cage full of animals that will not be released except via law enforcement. Prosecute them to the max. If need be, arm the employees so they can deal with the caged animals.

23 posted on 06/27/2011 12:29:09 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: NoLibZone

somewhere Saul Alinksy is doing a face-palm and lamenting “if ONLY they had had Twitter when I was alive...”


24 posted on 06/27/2011 12:33:36 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: a fool in paradise

organized anarchists?????


25 posted on 06/27/2011 12:34:13 PM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: NoLibZone

These people wonder why companies don’t want to open stores in their neighborhoods? All companies should just close down the stores in the ghettos. Then figure out what to do in other areas if come there. These people are useless and don’t even know it.


26 posted on 06/27/2011 12:39:38 PM PDT by RC2
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To: a fool in paradise

“Flash mobs” started off as a silly and sort of cute thing done by young artistic types in New York and other big cities. Somebody would organize a “flash mob” and suddenly a large number of harmless, well-educated, and sometimes slightly drunk young people would converge on a particular spot and all do a dance, sing a chorus of something, etc.

The press started referring to these “wilding” attacks by young black thugs as “flash mobs” basically to make them sound like fun-loving romps rather than vicious attacks on businesses and non-black people.


27 posted on 06/27/2011 12:42:42 PM PDT by livius
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To: NoLibZone

We are not supposed to take happiness from the misfortunes of others, but boy do I take pleasure from watching these deep blue Democrat cesspool cities get theirs from their own insane Liberal politics.


28 posted on 06/27/2011 12:44:11 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: joe fonebone

Anarchy in the political sense doesn’t mean a state of chaos or no civic structures. They are socialist in mindset and coordinate protests/riots around the world. They also want state run medicine.


29 posted on 06/27/2011 12:46:25 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask Barack Obama this election if he believes Jesus Christ rose from the dead and walked among men.)
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To: Vigilanteman

Who are they calling “Boys”?


30 posted on 06/27/2011 12:46:48 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NoLibZone

They’ve been told by charlatans that they’re oppressed, so what do you expect?


31 posted on 06/27/2011 12:48:27 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Professor Gates would say you’re imagining “scary black people”.


32 posted on 06/27/2011 12:49:51 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Democrats = authoritarian socialists)
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To: popdonnelly

And because the have been trained that they are oppressed, they have a hugely disproportionate rate of violence.

Which necessitates all the other races watch them closely.

Be respectful, be courteous , have a plan to kill every flash mob member that threatens you & others


33 posted on 06/27/2011 12:51:53 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Be respectful, be courteous , have a plan to kill every flash mob member that threatens you & others)
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To: Skywalk

Jeez. I used to shop there. Upper Darby was probably never great, but it was tolerable and the only place to shop if you needed to use public transportation and didn’t want to go to center city.

I cannot imagine being a customer in the store and seeing this crap happen. Today it’s clothes off the rack, tomorrow they start robbing cash registers and customers.

They need to start implementing long prison sentences with these folks.


34 posted on 06/27/2011 12:54:28 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: Vision
They should make it a felony to commit crimes using social networking tools.

Nah, just apply the hate crime laws since this is obviously targeted at the capitalist minority.

35 posted on 06/27/2011 12:57:49 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: NoLibZone

Obviously the government must take over and control everything about “social networks” including the entire internet. It’s for our own good and we all know government can solve all problems.

But seriously, this is going to get out of hand if it continues. How do we reach these KeeedS!


36 posted on 06/27/2011 12:58:01 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: radiohead

the key item you stated was “public transportation”.. they should expect these incidents to grow (and mostly go unreported) for the rest of the summer given that the unemployment rate for black teens and men is like 60%. This is Obama and Holder’s version of “reparations”..


37 posted on 06/27/2011 1:00:27 PM PDT by newnhdad
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To: NoLibZone

Someone please add the “looter guy from New Orleans” to all of these photos.


38 posted on 06/27/2011 1:08:33 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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<the key item you stated was “public transportation”..

Many people of all colors in large cities use public transportation; it’s not a crime nor does it indicate a criminal mindset. Many blacks in Philly and its environs have cars. I don’t see one causing the other.

<they should expect these incidents to grow ... given that the unemployment rate for black teens and men is like 60%.

Blacks have always been chronically underemployed, that doesn’t mean that the un- or underemployed have to engage in criminal activity.

This flash mob crap has to stop and penalized to the fullest extent of the law, but I’m not going to use flash mobs as an excuse for racism. I don’t care what the race is - I’d have the same negative reaction if the mobs were Hispanics in Austin, TX or whites in Boston.


39 posted on 06/27/2011 1:09:52 PM PDT by radiohead (Buy ammo, get your kids out of government schools, pray for the Republic.)
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To: vetvetdoug

“I like the way you think Mellon! I’ll be watching you!”


40 posted on 06/27/2011 1:17:43 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: NoLibZone

This is an important lesson to keep in mind. These cretins do the same with grocery stores, which is why they cannot afford to operate in the ghetto.

So when the day the food becomes scarce, guess who’s coming to dinner in your neighborhood? When they get there and are in direct conflict with the white folks who did not prepare for this day, well, baby, that’s going to be a blowtorch to a powder keg...

I implore to everyone, please for your family’s sake, have some supplies set aside. You do not want to be anywhere near a store when “da checks” stop coming...


41 posted on 06/27/2011 1:19:12 PM PDT by Molon Labbie
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To: radiohead
This flash mob crap has to stop and [be] penalized to the fullest extent of the law,

I agree. There must be some gang or mob action clause in our comprehensive laws that can be brought to the fore here as an aggravating circumstance.

42 posted on 06/27/2011 1:19:40 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: NoLibZone

That was a typical Namish thing to do.


43 posted on 06/27/2011 1:27:08 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: NoLibZone

Why, these young people would appear to be mostly of the, ah, dusky persuasion. Who knew?


44 posted on 06/27/2011 2:02:54 PM PDT by Noumenon ("One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: pabianice

I’ve always found it amusing to watch consequences catch up with those who deny they exist.


45 posted on 06/27/2011 2:16:10 PM PDT by Noumenon ("One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: NoLibZone

Making sure people see this other thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2740643/posts?page=22

Darby officials vow to take borough back, implement state of emergency [ Philadelphia ]
delcotimes.com ^ | June 26 2011 | By LAURA WISELEY

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 12:12:08 PM by NoLibZone

DARBY BOROUGH — The borough is back under a state of emergency today after being rocked by at least five violent incidents in a 72-hour period.


46 posted on 06/27/2011 2:51:51 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: a fool in paradise

then call them what they are.......socialist communist want everthing for free self centered egotististical pieces of human feces....


47 posted on 06/27/2011 2:59:14 PM PDT by joe fonebone (Project Gunwalker, this will make watergate look like the warm up band......)
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To: Cheetahcat

Also you have people such as Van Jones and Michael Moore adopting slogans such as “America Isn’t Broke.”

Which means America has plenty for everyone, you just have to TAKE it because those mean people won’t give it to you voluntarily.


48 posted on 06/27/2011 3:20:41 PM PDT by fightinJAG (I am sick of people adding their comments to titles in the title box. Thank you.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

“There must be some gang or mob action clause in our comprehensive laws that can be brought to the fore here as an aggravating circumstance.”

Last week, some “youths” beat up a white kid in Columbia, South Carolina. They were caught and charged under the state’s “lynching” law. They face 20 years in prison. If the kid who was beat up dies, it’s 40 years or the death penalty.

And last month, the South Carolina Supreme Court “liberalized” the state’s castle doctrine law by giving more legal protection to citizens who kill a thug, even if the thug is unarmed.

Ask your representative to look at SC’s law.


49 posted on 06/27/2011 6:58:36 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization that must be outlawed)
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