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.

123BOOM August 15, 2011 at 03:00 PM
Germantown has become Vermontown. Watch the video and cringe. Where are the police??? Where is the outrage??? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHyug2PvpB8
Susan Kim August 15, 2011 at 09:28 PM
*facepalm* Such an embarassment to our town. Not cool, kiddos.
Kelly Wilson August 15, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Exactly - where are the police to help keep the community safe?
MIchael August 16, 2011 at 01:56 AM
kids are dumb. where was this large group prior to entering seven eleven? we might gain more insight into who they are. it seems unlikely that an entire group of people would meet to steal snacks at 1:30. so dumb...
123BOOM August 16, 2011 at 10:19 AM
The mayor of Philadelphia addressed this matter last week. It was a wonderful speech by a leader of society. This is the same "speech" that our county executive, Isiah Leggett, needs to give and on a NATIONAL LEVEL, our President, Barack Obama, needs to say to the country. This violence is becoming pervasive and will continue unless addressed properly. Please watch the the mayor from Philly. He's saying all the right things.... http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=333913
Karen August 16, 2011 at 06:42 PM
The entitled mentality at it's finest, Their parents must be so proud
robert August 16, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Rome was brought down by barbarians from the outside of the empire, America will be brought down from barbarians living inside its borders.
Rodger Higgins August 16, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Since they have identified some of the kids I think it only fitting since they are minors that the parents do some jail time and face a substantial fine as well as reparations to the store. Lets start placing the blame where it lies. The parents should either know where the kids are and screen the friends they hang with. All cell phone should be confiscated if they use them for theft.
sade August 16, 2011 at 07:28 PM
It's not about them being black because all races do this. I'm a African American teen age girl and they put me to shame when I see this. I only wish Martin Luther King Jr. were here to see this and talk to these kids.
sade August 16, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Not all blacks are like that and not all whites are like that. You can't judge by race, you judge the people.
Lauren Sausser August 16, 2011 at 07:37 PM
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bobby August 16, 2011 at 08:33 PM
They need to have auto locks on the doors and mustard gas piped in the ducts and problem solved . And you mean one parent!
MP August 16, 2011 at 08:34 PM
What does protecting your store with a twelve gauge violate?
Ronda Chambers August 16, 2011 at 08:34 PM
i wonder what their parents have to say. i work with young people and when i have to send them home for not during thier job, using profanity or caught stealing or not folling directions many of thier parents say not my child. you picking on my child but when they call out becausce thier in police custody, huh, not my child is the parents telling the police.
Michael August 16, 2011 at 08:54 PM
These kids don't care if they're caught or not. They know that because they are minors, the worse they'll get is a slap on the wrist. Hopefully those caught will go in front of a judge as outraged as I am.
Matt Kulb August 16, 2011 at 09:25 PM
This still happening in Philly and all? Wow i only heard about it first happening to the Macys/Mall in Center City and than later heard rumors of more...wow
Tiffany Arnold (Editor) August 16, 2011 at 09:40 PM
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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 (Editor) August 19, 2011 at 10:41 PM
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