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Group of Women Hit Northeast DC Convenience Store in Flash Mob Robbery

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Another flash mob robbery has occurred in the area, this time at a convenience store at the 3900 block of Benning Road in Northeast D.C. around 3 a.m. Thursday morning.

Surveillance video from the Shop Express Convenience Store shows that there were 10 young women involved.

(VIEW VIDEO #2 TO WATCH SURVEILLANCE VIDEO OF ROBBERY)

They all entered and 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, with one person holding the door for the last half of the group.

The manager says this is the thrid time it has happened in the last two weeks.

It is unclear how old the girls were in this incident, but D.C. already has a curfew law in place. Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander is calling on police to enforce the curfew.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray today denounced the August 18 group-shoplifting incident reported by a convenience store on Benning Road NE. Video of the incident shows a group of young women coming into the store at the same time, stuffing goods in bags, and rushing out without paying. Some media reports have called the incident a “flash-mob robbery” and likened it to a similar incident that took place at a convenience store in Montgomery County last week.

“We know that we have video of a group of girls shoplifting from a store in Northeast in the early hours of Thursday morning,” Mayor Gray said. “Our detectives are currently investigating that incident. ‘Flash mob’ or not, we will pursue criminal charges against those involved. We will not tolerate such reprehensible behavior here.”

The Mayor continued: “Some news coverage of this incident has reported residents questioning whether the robbery could have been morally justified. Actually, both morality and the law are quite clear: It is wrong to steal from others. And if people do not obey the law, they will be apprehended, arrested and prosecuted. There is no excuse for this sort of incident.”

 

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