Police say the raid was organised on the internet and took place in the early hours of Saturday morning. At 1.47am in less than a minute the store filled up with teenagers who helped themselves to whatever they wanted and left together without paying for anything.
Police are now helping themselves to the surveillance video. The Montgomery County Police have also used the internet, by posting the surveillance tape on YouTube and asking the public to help identify the culprits.
“At least 28 different individuals” have been confirmed on the video, said Captain Paul Starks.
“We’re getting a lot of response from sources in the community who have seen the video, who are concerned, and are calling police with tips,” Captain Starks said.
Several suspects have already been identified, but police have made no arrests yet and hope the public can help them locate all the individuals on the tape.
Flash mobs used to be a fun fad where groups of teens would turn up a unlikely places for no reason. Now things have been taken a step further and criminal acts are being carried out using ‘safety in numbers’ logic.
However like the rioters in England recently, the criminal flash mob participants are going to find that CCTV is going to get them in the end.