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These days, flash mobs aren't just singing, dancing, happy-go-lucky viral marketing videos-in-the-making—some teenagers in Washington, DC, have adopted the insta-swarm for a far more sinister purpose: shoplifting. Fox reports that "it's a growing threat for DC businesses from Georgetown to Dupon Circle—mobs of teenagers who rush in together and rush out with thousands of dollars in store merchandise."
In the photo, above, and the surveillance video (after the jump) taken on Monday at the DC G-Star Raw store, 19 teens turned up at the store, grabbed about $20,000 worth of high-end denim and other apparel and merchandise, and all ran out at once. DC law enforcement is asking the public for help in identifying the teenagers caught on camera.
· Mob of teens rob DuPont Circle store [MyFox DC]