Across the country, a disturbing trend has emerged from the growing popularity of flash mobs: flash mob robberies.
Flash mobs — which are usually sudden performances in public places organized via telecommunication, social media or email — have been growing in popularity since 2003. The organizers usually assemble for a brief time, portray their message and disperse with no harm done to the public or area in which they perform.
More frequent occurrences of the use of flash mobs to commit crimes, however, have law enforcement officials throughout the Nation worried.
Recently, in Silver Spring, Md., a group of about 70 young people entered a 7-Eleven and began taking snacks, drinks and merchandise out of the store without paying as the clerk stood by helplessly. Police said they may have identified 22 of the suspects caught on video surveillance but will have a difficult time figuring out which ones actually shoplifted, which ones paid and which ones stood around and watched, according to HLN.
This is not the first time criminal flash mobs have been reported. In fact, this is the second occurrence in Maryland alone. Over the summer, several flash mob robberies occurred throughout the country.