Trisha Volpe, KARE-TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul), February 24, 2011
On Saturday, St. Paul police say 50 kids swarmed a Holiday store on Wabasha, a so-called mob theft or mob robbery. They stormed in together, their numbers overwhelming and just started stealing.
“They steal your basic convenience store type of goods and run out,” says St. Paul Police Department spokesperson Andy Skoogman.
It’s the second incident like it in St. Paul in less than six months. Last fall, surveillance cameras at a BP station on Lexington captured some 20 kids coming into the store at the same time. They stole merchandise and one of them assaulted the clerk on the way out.
Police worry about this kind of mob behavior because there have been similar incidents in other cities.