Flash Mob Robbery in Germantown | News

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Recently, it seems that flash mobs are more commonly employed for petty crimes, like panty raids, rather than awkward protests and copycat marketing. This video shows a large group of teens swarming a Germantown 7-Eleven and stealing candy, chips, ice cream, and soda — basically anything that will, over time, render them morbidly obese. So who gets the last laugh?

According to the store owner, police didn’t want a copy of the surveillance tape because they thought it would be hard to capture the teens based on the footage, which, to our eyes, seems clear enough. Nonetheless, a Montgomery County officers tells NBC Washington, “We’re going to take this very seriously.” Right. (The owner also didn’t want to reveal the location of his store; there are six in Germantown, so it shouldn’t be hard to figure out if you live there.)

It’s come to the point where, when we see a large group of people, we expect that we will be robbed, not treated to a live rendition of “Born This Way.” We almost miss the days when flash mobs were simply annoying, rather than a societal menace.

Did you see what happened at the 0:50 mark? A boy knocks a bag onto the ground, and a girl behind him picks it up and puts it back on the rack. They may be shoplifting en masse, but hey, at least they’re keeping organized what don’t steal!

Father, Others Stop Man From Kidnapping 2-Year-Old | News


(via @WUSA9)

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) — A father saw a man trying to kidnap his son at a Germantown Best Buy and chased him down, police said.

The father and alleged attempted kidnapper began to fight over the child. That’s when a group of good Samaritans jumped in to “subdue” the man, according to police. .

The incident happened Wednesday afternoon at approximately 3 p.m., at the Best Buy at 20914 Frederick Road.

Police say Jermaine Laray Palmer, 23, grabbed the boy and tried to leave the store with him.

The child’s father, Robert Eugene Cox III of Montgomery Village, saw what was happening. He then chased and subdued Palmer, police said.

That’s when other people jumped in to help, say police.

Police say Palmer was charged with the following offenses:

• Assault-First Degree
• Assault -Second Degree (Two counts)
• Disorderly Conduct
• Abduction of a Child Under 12
• Harbor/Abducted Child under 12
• Malicious Destruction of Property
• Kidnapping-Child Under 16

He is being held on $75,000 bond.


Germantown Robber Uses Stun Gun To Take Cash At ATM | WUSA 9

GERMANTOWN, Md. (WUSA) — A man used a stun gun to rob someone at an ATM Monday in Montgomery County, police said.

Police say the victim was in a vehicle making a withdrawal from an ATM at the Bank of America on Germantown Road, in Germantown, at about 11:05 p.m.

The suspect approached the victim and spoke to him.

Then, the suspect attempted to shock the victim with the device, but it didn’t take affect, police said.

The victim drove off, while leaving the cash and the bank card behind at the ATM, police said.

Police say they do not believe this case is related to a stun-gun robbery recently reported in Rockville, based on a different physical description of the suspects.

Story via (WUSA9)