After a night of partying on Sunday, a group of 40 to 50 teenagers stormed a Wal-Mart in Macon, Georgia, for fun, the Telegraph reports. The teens caused an estimated $2,000 in damage.
Bibb County sheriff’s officials said the teens destroyed countless merchandise items and dragged a man in a motorized scooter to the floor, all while flashing gang signs, around 1:50 a.m., in what a sheriff’s deputy’s incident report called a “display of violent actions and destruction of property.”
A report noted that aisle floors were “coated with broken merchandise” and that “the length of the store from front to rear was lined with items which had been shattered, destroyed, turned over and thrown about.”
When deputies arrived, the teens all fled in different directions and escaped.
A 17-year-old was arrested when he returned to the Wal-Mart to retrieve a cellphone that he had left behind. When he was first apprehended, he claimed not to be involved or to know anything about the incident, and refused to give up the identities of anybody else who was involved.
When his parents arrived and watched the security footage, however, he admitted that he had been a part of it, reports the Daily Mail.
The teen later told officials that his group had planned the event, and that they were trying to see how much damage they could incur, according to the sheriff’s report.
He was jailed and eventually released on $3,700 bail. He was charged with inciting a riot and second-degree property damage.
“Hopefully we can identify the others,” Sheriff David Davis said. “Hopefully it’s not a pattern of behavior.”
“Due to the lateness of the hour, I don’t know that they were going to be going to church the next morning,” he added.
The Daily Mail asks that anyone with information on this case call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.
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