Police said a group of between five and six people have ripped off thousands of dollars in merchandise in a string of flash mob robberies at one city and two suburban locations, reports ABC Chicago. Surveillance video (below) shows the mob running out of the stores with handfuls of goods; in some cases, the thieves are seen dragging entire racks of expensive merchandise like coats and down jackets.
So-called "flash mobs" were once the darlings of the Internet with viral video-baiting marriage proposals and highly choreographed public dance scenes. Increasingly, the term is now linked to in-store robberies where gangs overwhelm a store and quickly loot it by surprise.
This summer, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new law cracking down on violent flash mobs -- albeit ones linked more closely to "wildings" -- organized through social media.
|Sports Authority said it's working with Chicago area police. No one is in custody as of Thursday afternoon and Sports Authority is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.|