UPDATED: Flash Mob Theft Reported at Germantown 7-Eleven
Police have begun to identify suspects after more than 20 youths reportedly entered a 7-Eleven to steal snacks
(Updated 2:04 p.m.) Montgomery County Police have identified several suspects in connection with an apparent flash mob theft at a 7-Eleven in Germantown late Saturday.
Investigators have released surveillance footage Monday afternoon with hopes of identifying more people.
Nearly 30 people simultaneously entered the 7-Eleven at 13001 Wisteria Drive and stole snacks, police said in a press release Monday. Police said the suspects — some of whom had their faces covered — remained in the store for about a minute before exiting as a group.
While investigators have identified some of the suspects, police have asked that anyone who may recognize any of the suspects in the video to contact the 5th District Investigative Section at 240-773-6200. Callers may remain anonymous.
(Original) Montgomery County Police are investigating a flash mob theft Saturday at a 7-Eleven in Germantown.
More than 20 young people simultaneously entered the convenience store at around 1:30 a.m., leaving with snack items such as candy, soda pop and chips, said Germantown 5th district Cmd. Luther Reynolds.
Apparent surveillance footage obtained by NBC Washington shows a stream of young people — some of the smiling and laughing — entering the convenience store and leaving with out paying.
“To have that many people descend on a store, like a mob mentality, like it’s some kind of joke, I cannot say I’ve ever seen anything like that before,” Reynolds told Patch. “It’s embarrassing to our community.”
Reynolds told Patch that police have already begun to identify suspects. The exact location of the store had not been released because the store’s owner is afraid of being targeted, Reynolds said.