WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

Maryland Looks To Strengthen Punishment For Flash Mob Robberies

Play associated audio

A proposed bill in Maryland aimed at so-called "flash mob thefts" could increase penalties for participants.Legislators say the measure is in response to a pair of suspected flash mob thefts in Germantown, Md. this past summer, as well as last month's 50-person robbery spree at a convenience store in Silver Spring. 

The bill is authored by Maryland Del. Jeffery Waldstreicher, who says he plans to introduce it in the upcoming General Assembly. The current law only hold thieves responsible for the face value of the items they steal. 

The proposed bill would increase the penalty by holding each person participating in a flash mob theft responsible for the total amount stolen from that store. There's also the potential for more jail time.

WAMU 88.5

Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Kate Mulgrew, who stars as "Red" in the Netflix TV series "Orange Is The New Black", opens up in a new memoir about her complicated family and the baby she gave away for adoption as a young woman.


Swapping The Street For The Orchard, City Dwellers Take Their Pick Of Fruit

Urban foragers don't just pick their meals from the trash; many eat only the finest, freshest produce — picked from city trees. The League of Urban Canners harvests fruit from trees to make jam.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.