So-Called ‘Flash Rob’ Incidents Excite Concerns At Tri-State Area Malls

Unique Gatherings Being Overshadowed By Gangs Of Mischievous Teens

VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)Flash mobs featuring kids committing crimes is becoming a disturbing new trend.

A recent incident at a mall in suburban Philadelphia is raising new questions and concerns about whether such mayhem could erupt in the Tri-State Area.

A group of young people were caught on a Sears surveillance camera running into the store in Upper Darby, Pa., and grabbing what they could. Police arrested 16 of the boys between the ages of 11 and 19.

Authorities said the incident was purposely planned to steal, rob and pillage. Those arrested said they learned about the time and place of the robbery via social networking sites.

Now, the same techniques used in flash mobs, where people do things like spontaneously dance to songs or sing, are being seen in so-called flash robs. It has people looking over their shoulders at stores and malls.

CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman spoke with some shoppers at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream and asked them if they felt the need to be on guard when coming to the mall.

“Of course, sure. You tend not to come to the store if this is what they’re going to do,” Rosie Cafaro said.

Stephanie Falcone also said that the flash robs made her worry about her own teen son.

“You don’t know what the kids are doing, you know, when you leave them by themselves,” she said.

While no one was hurt in the Pennsylvania incident, there is worry that a potential mass robbery could trigger widespread panic.

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  • GettoWatch1984-09

    …seems blaak people R always inventing new ways to be “scary” whilst dumbed-down, politically-corrected whites R always responding with new ways “not to seem prejudiced”

  • The Answer

    Schedule flash beating at same time as flash rob. Done.

  • VHS

    Monkeys? I guess the two animals that killed four people in the pharmacy in Medford Long Island were vicious monkeys eh? Racist!!

    • DanTe

      Why Yes, Yes they are.

      Stupid monkey.

  • Fgs

    @ Roots of evil, that was not an appropriate comment. All races suffer from the breakdown in the family. White kids with or without fathers do crazy stuff also. Why do people forget what white kids do, and blow out of proportion what kids of color do. Did you forget all of the school shootings in this country? Do those kids have fathers? No school shootings in Harlem! Stop being ignorant.

  • Honestly Realist Truth

    You don’t need parents. Paris Hilton has parents, it didn’t stop her from being a hoe.

    You need to stop looking up to the glorified thug culture mentality, and idiots like Meek Millz mentioning guns and bullets in all of his lyrics. And start looking up to something that glorifies intelligence and non-violent positive progression.

    And thats the honest truth.

    • Moon Them

      That’s it! Ship then off to SPACE CAMP for the summer, EVERY SUMMER! If they were at space camp, they would not have been inciting mob violence.

      Post pictures of Charles F. Bolden, Jr. everywhere. He was appointed by Obama himself to be the new NASA Administrator. Thse kids should be looking up to Mr. Bolden, as a shining exemplar.

  • joe

    you need a father and a mother …. not a mother and a mother …..

    • Jane and Kim

      Are you saying gay couples are not capable of raising moral children?

    • Muh Lips, muh lips, muh lips

      you need to put Lip Plates on them. Then put them on public display. If that doesn’t make them change, nothing will.

      • Felisha

        …lip fetish, eh? Perhaps a little botox will ease your jealous cravings?

  • Aaron Donahue

    i think we should descend into complete and total panic.

    pretty much every time i see pablo guzman i know i need to be afraid of something. that’s why i prefer al roker.

  • dave g

    this is what happens when they don’t have a father.

    • Alex

      No doubt about it Dave., A child needs both a father and a mother, Period.

      • Fgs

        Well said Alex. It effects everyone.

      • ROOTS of Evil

        What’s the most confusing day in Harlem?
        Father’s Day

  • cygon

    why is it that certain ethnic groups are so creative when it comes to criminal behavior?

    • Peacewalker

      Yeah, those white wall street guys really get creative dont they?

      • Rob131

        E-Holder…I have yet to see a report of flash mob killing someone. Is that something you know for sure or just projecting your views about a race?

      • E holder

        They do,but Wall streeters don’t kill you for a dollar like those savages

  • Wolf

    When these kids are caught put the PARENTS in jail. Maybe then the PARENTS will start teaching their kids the difference between right and wrong. Kids today have it way too easy. Back in the day parents were allowed to discipline their children. Teachers used a ruler and smacked hands. Parents need to take responsibility. Period.

    • Daveym

      Most of these kids probably don’t have but a single parent (mom) who probably don’t care where they is.

    • cygon

      if you are a teacher and you do that, the parents will sue you. the school admin will abandon you, and you will not be a teacher anymore.

  • Joseph Logatto

    TV doing it’s job

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