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Flash Mob Robberies Continue (in DC metro area)
NBC Washington ^ | Aug 19, 2011 | Darcy Spencer

Posted on 08/19/2011 5:56:58 AM PDT by markomalley

For the second time in a week, a flash mob robbed a convenience store in our area. Could it be a new trend in the Washington region?

In the latest incident, 10 women stormed the Shop Express convenience store along Benning Road in northeast Washington at about 3:15 a.m. Thursday.

They loaded up on food, drinks and snacks at different parts of the store.

Some of the women were carrying bags to hold some of the items. Then they all rushed out of the store at the same time without paying.

Employees said that each of the women stole about $60 worth of merchandise.

"Stealing is a very normal thing at convenience stores," one employee said. "It happens every day -- morning, evening, night. But such kind of thing I have never seen before."

Store employees said this was the third such incident at the store in the past couple of weeks, and that if the trend continues, the 24-hour store will have to close at night.

This store is not alone in its flash mob troubles. Last Saturday, a flash mob took over a 7-Eleven in Germantown.

Investigators in Montgomery County said they know who some of the suspects are, but they are hoping people will recognize the others and call police.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland
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To: Let's Roll

“Flash Robs”

Very, very good. It’s going to catch on!


51 posted on 08/19/2011 7:20:20 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: markomalley; All

These flash robberies may also be part of enterprising protection rackets.


52 posted on 08/19/2011 7:28:54 AM PDT by fso301
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To: Oceander

I have heard of a store that was frequently being robbed putting in a mini-cell phone tower inside the store. Since most of these youts have cell phones, and dont think to live their phones in the car, it was easy for the police to match the cell phone numbers and pick them up. Videos on exits allowed for easy identification in court.


53 posted on 08/19/2011 7:29:10 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: rhombus

Cashier pushes a button. An electric screen drops down in front of all exits; a cage of sorts. No one leaves, at least confortably, until authorities arrive.


54 posted on 08/19/2011 7:38:01 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (minds change)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
* Businesses will leave the areas where loss rates are too high
* When most retail businesses have left, the poor won’t have anyplace to shop
* The feds will declare another “food and sundry desert”
* Feds will accuse companies of redlining and will prosecute many of them

That's already happened in many of the nastier parts of the inner city. Food costs are high because only small shops can operate there, and with high security. The result, that ghetto residents have to travel to find a supermarket, and that their shopping choices are reduced, has been noticed and decried as racism.

The problem the rest of society faces now is that these roving gangs of feral youth no longer just crap where they eat. They do it everywhere.

55 posted on 08/19/2011 7:42:22 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Why not just throw the clerk into a cage full of wild animals? It would be the same thing if you lock them in.
56 posted on 08/19/2011 7:44:31 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: markomalley

I can’t imagine the authorities will want to clog up the courts with such seemingly penny-ante stuff.

It will soon become part of the “new normal”.

It’s going to take more than just calling the cops to stop this sort of thing.


57 posted on 08/19/2011 7:45:47 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: markomalley
The solution to these Flash Mobs is MUZZLE FLASH!
58 posted on 08/19/2011 7:49:28 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Cashier pushes a button. An electric screen drops down in front of all exits; a cage of sorts. No one leaves, at least confortably, until authorities arrive.

It's not stealing until they leave the store. The authorities would promptly charge the store owners with unlawful imprisonment and/or kidnapping.

59 posted on 08/19/2011 7:49:52 AM PDT by numberonepal (Palin/Cain 2012)
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To: Bon mots

LeRoy, Bubba and Jamal posing in Mama’s kitchen. LOL!!!


60 posted on 08/19/2011 7:52:45 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Maverick68
I know too many decent, hard-working black folks that will be the first to take out some of these punks if they wanna tear zhit up in my neighborhood.....

I would not be so sure...

61 posted on 08/19/2011 7:58:06 AM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: Alberta's Child

*Forget about shooting these hoodlums. The best way to stop this is to include an assortment of food laced with cyanide or some other deadly poison on the shelves — with some kind of inconspicuous markings on them so the store owner will know not to sell them to legitimate customers. *

VERY COOL!


62 posted on 08/19/2011 7:59:35 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: PowderMonkey
Never happen.

Yeah... it's not 1870 any more I guess. ;-)

63 posted on 08/19/2011 8:00:20 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: Bon mots; Maverick68; Voter#537; Aevery_Freeman; ladyjane; Georgia Girl 2

Look to the far right of the broken blinders... I swear I can see kitty eyes looking in!
:)


64 posted on 08/19/2011 8:13:52 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: Let's Roll

I’m sorry I have never seen your name before (that I can remember).. but it’s a damn good name (9/11)
Good judgement call ;)


65 posted on 08/19/2011 8:19:34 AM PDT by Bikkuri
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To: goodwithagun
"Sigh. There should be their."

Don't ya hate it when that happens

I feel your pain.

66 posted on 08/19/2011 8:39:01 AM PDT by EN1 Sailor (I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness)
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To: jocon307

Actually I saw it first in a UK newspaper about 10 days ago - they should know! And yes it needs to catch on.


67 posted on 08/19/2011 8:44:38 AM PDT by Let's Roll (Save the world's best healthcare - REPEAL, DEFUND Obamacare!)
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To: ladyjane
Over at Huffington Post the other day one of the angry libtards posted ” Thats Ignorant “

That's the standard reply from someone who has no rational response to something they disagree with: label the opinion "ignorant" and move on.

68 posted on 08/19/2011 8:46:08 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: Jonty30

“To only let one or a few in at a time doesn’t stop that one person from holding the door open for their 50 buddies.”

A possible solution for that is to install rotating doors. Sure, they’re more expensive and require more room, but they can’t be held open. Install a button next to it so customers can get out, have an override switch for the cashier.


69 posted on 08/19/2011 8:49:54 AM PDT by Echo4C (We have it in our power to begin the world over again. --Thomas Paine)
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To: silverleaf

I know what you’re talking about. I remember the first time I went to Egypt and every building and street corner had two guys who looked sort of like Omar Sharif with machine guns. I couldn’t understand being searched when we entered a building. That seems like a life-time ago.

What I find strange about these 7/11 invasions is the thugs always go for the candy, twinkies and soda pop. Michelle says they really want fresh fruit but nasty whitey won’t sell them what they want in the ghetto.


70 posted on 08/19/2011 9:05:24 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: Bikkuri

LOL
you’re right!
I see them too!


71 posted on 08/19/2011 3:30:22 PM PDT by Bon mots ("When seconds count, the police are just minutes away...")
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To: markomalley; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ..

Amish again?

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


72 posted on 08/19/2011 8:15:33 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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