DC Police Search For Men From Flash Mob Robbery

4:39 PM, Apr 29, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- DC Police are still searching Friday night for nearly two dozen young men who robbed an upscale Dupont Circle clothing store. They committed a flash mob robbery, and some D.C. merchants are concerned that this type of robbery is a growing, and frightening, trend.

In a flash mob robbery, a large group of people, usually young people, organize on some type of social media like Twitter, and then rob a store.

In this case, nearly 20 young men robbed the G-Star Raw clothing store in Dupont Circle. It happened in broad daylight just a few days ago. In just a matter of minutes, thousands of dollars worth of clothes were stolen.

Police say so far nobody's been arrested. They also say they're not seeing a pattern of flash mob robberies. But the manager of G-Star raw, who did not want to talk on camera, said he's heard from other store managers in Washington that flash mob robberies are becoming increasingly common.

In 2009, 9News told you about another flash mob robbery. That one happened at another DC clothing store, Universal Gear, in the 1400 block of 13th Street Northwest. The same thing happened: a large group of young men ripped clothes off the racks and then dashed out of the store.

Universal Gear's manager, seen in the video trying to fight back, did not want to talk on camera Friday, but he told us off camera that it happened so quickly it was like a blur. He was also glad to report that most of the suspects in his case had been arrested.

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