Shoplifters target Kansas City 7-Eleven in a flash mob

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 20:03:02-04

Police are looking for the shoplifters who stole several items in the midst of a flash mob.

On July 16, just before 1:30 a.m. a stream of people flooded the 7-Eleven on Gillham and Linwood in Midtown.

"That amount of people in the store at one time does definitely cause some concern," Sgt. Kari Thompson, a spokesperson with KCPD said.

The clerk told officers the 50 men and women came into the store in two groups. A few of the individuals grabbed several items and ran out the front door without paying.

"They had to be coming from a party somewhere they must have said let's go to 7-Eleven and hit them up they had to that's a lot of people coming into that store at one time," Earl Dameron, a 7-Eleven customer said.

KCPD detectives are focusing on three men captured on surveillance video. One of them even looks right at the security camera.

Dameron once worked as a store clerk.

"You don't want to say nothing to nobody stop nobody cause there's no telling on what will happen you don’t want come out from behind the counter and say anything you just have to let it go, can't do anything about it," he said.

The store manager declined to comment on the incident.

If you recognize the men, call police or the KC crime stoppers hotline, 816-474-TIPS (8477).




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