Flashrobbing – Video of 50 People Robbing 7-Eleven
You may remember our article from June of this year, FlashRobbing – Flashmobs take a dangerous turn using Social Media
It’s happened again, this time at a 7-Eleven in Silver Spring, MD. More than 50 people swarmed the carry-out to shoplift. Anyone with information about the case should call Montgomery County police at 301-565-5835
Tips for staying safe during a mob robbery
- If you see a swarm of kids coming into a store, leave as quickly as possible. Don’t wait to see what’s going on. More than five teenagers swarming into a store is trouble. Drop the items you came in to buy and leave.
- Use a basket for items you plan to purchase if baskets are available. They may be used to block punches or knife assault.
- Leave your wallet/purse/bag/backpack in the car under the car seat or in your trunk and take only your money (and ID if needed) into a store.
- If you’re in the back of the store, or can’t get out of the door, head for the restroom, storage room or wherever there is a room and lock or blockade the door. If there is no lock on the bathroom door lock yourself in a stall and stand on the toilet so you can’t be seen.
- Call 911; know your location, be aware of your surroundings, know where you are. If you’re out of town, know at least what street you’re on, what intersection you might be close to. Attempts to take photos of the mob with your cell phone can result in your becoming a target. Don’t play a hero.
- If you see weapons being flashed by robbers or store clerks, get behind something solid, or flee to the back of the store and lie on the ground. Even if you have to climb into the refrigerated section (push hard and most shelves will roll back allowing you to go into the refrigerated section) put as much between you and the guns as possible.
- Cooperate with the robber for your own safety and the safety of others. Comply with a robber’s demands. Remain calm and think clearly. Make mental notes of the robber’s physical description and other observations important to law enforcement officers.
- Don’t chase or follow the robbers; leave the job of catching the robber to the police.
- If unable to exit, make no sudden moves and keep your hands visible.