A teen mob caught on tape stealing $3,000 worth of jeans from a Chicago store could soon be paying for their actions.
The flash mob robbery, which took place over the weekend, was caught by the security cameras of the Wicker Park store. Since sharing video of the teen mob stealing the jeans with CBS 2 News, the owner of the store said he has received several tips about the identity of some of the robbers.
Luke Cho, owner of Mildblend Supply Co., put the video on YouTube, hoping that the images would lead police to some of the robbers or at least shame family or friends into turning them in. The ploy worked, with tips rolling into Cho, CBS 2 reported.
Cho said he knew something wasn’t right when the teens began flooding his Milwaukee Avenue store at around 6:40 p.m. on Saturday.
“You see a group a group of teenagers walking in – or marching in – one-by-one. As you can see, it looks like it’s some kind of procession,” Cho told CBS 2 while reviewing the surveillance video on Sunday.
He tried to lock the door when he realized the teen mob intended to steal from his store and told staff to call 911. It was too late, as the teen mob moved into a corner beneath a security camera and set out to steal an expensive brand of jeans called Nudie Jeans.
“We happen to be one of the few that sell Nudie Jeans in the city,” Cho said of the $200-a-pair jeans.
The teen mob stole the jeans, with many of them grabbing other merchandise to stuff into backpacks. When they went to leave they realized that Cho had locked them in, and banged on the door to get out before figuring out how to unlock it themselves and rushing out into the street.
Cho says he has dealt with a dozen shoplifters since his store opened six months ago, but none as sophisticated as the teen mob, MyFoxChicago reported.
Thanks to the tips from customers who saw the video, Cho now believes he has names of about six of the 22 people he said were part of the teen mob. Police have received further tips about the identity of other flash mob robbers.