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Criminal flash mob robs D.C. store

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Security cameras capture two groups of girls as they walk into a Northeast D.C. store.

Then the ten fill their shopping bags and hands and race out the door.

"They took the snacks, soda chips, Ice cream," store manager Muhammad Butt said.

It is the third time in two weeks that the mob of girls hit the Shop Express. The last time, staff says, the group was larger. Each time, the girls struck overnight.

"That's terrible. 10 of them! That's awful," said Jasmine Wilson.

Police haven't identified any of the teens yet. The latest incident comes on the heels of a flash mob robbery in Germantown.

"Maybe it is a copy cat. They've seen others get away with it. Maybe they think they can get away with it,” Mitzy Sweet mused.

The store is open 24 hours. It is located on busy corner of Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue Northeast. The store manager is considering cutting back on store hours and closing at night.

"That would be a bummer because this is our community store we come all times of day and night," Sweet said.

"This is really bad for our business … we are really very upset," store manager Butt said.

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