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Flash Mob Store Robberies Now a Burgeoning YouTube Trend

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Back in April, we showed you a video of a flash mob looting $20,000 in merch from a Washington, DC G-Star Raw store. Looks like that wasn't an isolated incident—flash mob robberies appear to be on the rise across the country and store owners are farming their security videos for footage of the criminals—and posting the recordings on YouTube. Check out this convenience story flash-mob robbery, above, which was uploaded by the shopkeeper.
· 40+ People Mob Robs Convenience Store [YouTube]
· Flash mob shoplifters heist $20K of loot from G-Star [Racked]