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Maryland Looks To Strengthen Punishment For Flash Mob Robberies

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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.


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