Violent teen flash mobs have recently hit New York City, terrorizing and robbing businesses, especially outdoor newsstands (video below).
In New York City, mobs of kids appear out of nowhere and suddenly rob a business as a group, reports CBS New York.
“They assemble, they do whatever it is that they’re going to do, and then they disassemble in a matter of minutes,” Jon Shane, an assistant professor of criminal justice at John Jay College, told CBS New York. “By the time somebody recognizes what is happening or is injured, if the police are able to respond, it’s slow.”
Raj Shmara said his newsstand has been robbed seven different times by mobs of teens. During a robbery last week, a flash mob of teens threw a bottle at an employee who was hospitalized.
Teen flash mobs have attacked another newsstand on 57th Street so many times that the manager has been forced to shut down in the afternoon, when the teens get out of school.
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Some businesses have put up surveillance video cameras in hopes of catching the thieving teens.
Source: CBS New York