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Flash Mob Shoplifts at Silver Spring 7-Eleven | NBC Washington

Flash Mob Shoplifts at Silver Spring 7-Eleven

50 shoplifters hit 7-Eleven at once

By Matthew Stabley
| Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 | Updated 6:46 AM EST
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Around 50 teenagers swarmed a convenience store in Silver Spring this weekend.

Shomari Stone

Around 50 teenagers swarmed a convenience store in Silver Spring this weekend.

About 50 people simultaneously shoplifted from a Silver Spring, Md., 7-Eleven Saturday night.

Officers arriving at the store in the 12200 block of Tech Road after 11:20 p.m. saw several people gathered in surrounding parking lots and on side streets, police said. They began to disperse when police arrived.

The shoplifters -- described as teens and young adults -- took items including snacks and drinks, police said

Police stopped a group of six people ages 16-18 near Tech Road and Broadbirch Drive. Each had items from the 7-Eleven but no receipts, police said.

Detectives are investigating whether the shoplifters had attended a birthday party in the area, police said.

In August, a flash mob of dozens of young people entered a 7-Eleven in Germantown and took items without paying, police said.

Flash mob crime in the county has prompted lawmakers to consider teen loitering legislation and a teen curfew.

Anyone with information about the case should call Montgomery County police at 301-565-5835.

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