Posted on May 1, 2012

Third Flash Mob Theft in Past Month Caught on Camera

KPHO (Portland), April 30, 2012

A third flash mob theft in a one-month span in Portland left a mess behind at a convenience store Friday.

Surveillance video showed unwelcome visitors enter the Max Mart and Deli in the 12000 block of East Burnside in Portland late Friday night.

Store manager Prakash Thapa said about 15 to 20 teenagers ransacked the store and stole multiple items.


Portland police said a man and woman joined store workers in trying to get the teenagers to leave, and at one point, the man threw groceries at the mob. Several fights broke out, according to police.


At one point, the workers used pepper spray to get the mob to disperse and run off.


The incident bears similarities to a flash mob theft at a southeast Portland Chevron station earlier in April. There was also an incident on April 13 when 10 teens rushed into the Lloyd Center Mall Nordstrom store and stole hundreds of dollars worth of North Face jackets.