Convenience store surveillance cameras capture flash mob of theft

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Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 12:23pm

Flash mobs are normally fun events that make for great YouTube clips, but one flash mob caught on surveillance camera seemed to be a swarm of apparent crime, Nicole Morten has the story.

 

Store clerk Terry Polsgrove says it was just your average Saturday night,  "It was pretty slow, I was about to close the store and I just started checking people out, we had one or two customers."

But around 11:15 p.m., Terry Polsgrove, "It got to the point where I started seeing more and more kids coming into the store."

Security cameras from the Chevron gas station at Sandy Point Road and U.S. Highway 21 in Bryan show 30 to 40 teens swarming the parking lot.

Terry Polsgrove, "I called my co-worker in to come help me out and keep an eye on them because we've been having a lot of stealing going on in the store."

But before he knew it, Polsgrove and his co-worker were being ambushed, "You start seeing this young lady yelling out, aye, come get the stuff, they're giving out stuff, they're taking everything, I'm like aw man there's too much, figured I'd shut the door, keep everyone separated, as you can see, I was overwhelmed."

In all there were more than five separate security cameras from inside the store, Kelley McKethan, PIO, Bryan Police Department, "When you watch this video, it's appalling to see."

Each shows the teens stealing candy, food, drinks and as Polsgrove described it, anything they could get their hands on, "Within a matter of 20 minutes, I was being overwhelmed, between the ages of 8 and 17 year old kids, it was just crazy."

Polsgrove says one young suspect ran straight through the store, grabbed alcohol, but ended up dropping it before he made it out the door,  "I don't know if it was planned, I don't know what, but it was crazy."

Terry says he was finally able to call police after the teens ran off, "And just because the child didn't take a bag of chips; if they're a part of it or egging it on, they can also be charged with it as well."

Police say the suspects could be charged with vandalism, theft, organized crime and even assault.

Several parents have already come forward and many of the suspects are being questioned.

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