A flash mob is thought to be behind an organized 7-Eleven robbery in Maryland that took less than a minute to pull off over the weekend.
Authorities are trying to use the internet to round up the suspects.
Surveillance video shows a couple of teens walking into a Germantown 7-Eleven store on Saturday at 1:47 a.m. EDT. Soon, dozens more people show up and swipe items from the shelves. The teens then left without paying.
“At least 28 different individuals” have been confirmed on the video, says Capt. Paul Starks.
Montgomery County Police have uploaded the video to YouTube and are asking for help from the public in identifying the thieves.
“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,” Starks said.
Several suspects have already been identified, but police have not yet made any arrests.
Although investigators have said they ‘”can’t confirm how this (robbery) was organized,” Starks said he believes the internet was likely involved in planning the lightning-fast robbery.
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