A flash mob attack on a 7- Eleven in Germantown, Md. this past Saturday has kept Montgomery County police detectives very busy, but authorities say the effort has paid off.
About 24 people were caught on the store's surveillance cameras as they wandered the aisles, picking up drinks, food and other items, and then walking out without paying.
Montgomery County police released the video, which went viral on YouTube.
"In fact, one of the detectives involved told me that while he has posted other crimes with video including burglaries and robberies, he had never received this kind of response from the community," says Montgomery County Police Captain Paul Starks.
Starks says the enabled detectives to track down 12 suspects, who have been identified either through admissions or through identification by family members. He says most of the suspects appear to be under the age of 18, and detectives believe more suspects will be identified by tomorrow.
Starks says the suspects had been hanging out at the Montgomery County Fair and the flash mob was hatched the old fashioned way, not through social media.
"Socializing at the fair, taking the bus and at some point word of mouth in person formulating this plan," says Starks.
Detectives will be working with prosecutors over the weekend to formulate specific charges against those arrested.
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