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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.

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(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.

Enoch Mubarak August 16, 2011 at 09:48 PM
the censorship of this website by the administrators is just as bad if not worst than any flash mob.
Ruth Carter August 17, 2011 at 02:10 PM
Every group activity that is organized via social media is not a flash mob: http://bit.ly/oz4Qwb. Flash mobs, by definition, are not criminal acts; therefore, there is no such thing as "flash mob theft." It is so frustrating to see this inaccuracy all over the media.
john August 19, 2011 at 10:37 PM
This site is a joke... if you want to read comments that aren't subject to removal by some halfwit who doesn't agree with you, go to youtube. They have the same videos and FREEDOM of SPEECH still prevails there
john August 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Add Huffington Post to that list also... famous for slanting their comments
Tiffany Arnold August 19, 2011 at 10:41 PM
http://germantown.patch.com/terms. Scroll down to "Acceptable Use Policy."

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