Flash mob shoplifts SE Portland mini mart


by Mark Hanrahan


Posted on April 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 10 at 10:02 AM

PORTLAND -- About 20 young people walked into a Southeast Portland convenience store and reportedly stole about $200 in merchandise before rushing off en masse.

The flash mob-style robbery was about 11:20 p.m. Saturday at the Gill Mart Chevron at 9138 SE Foster Road.

“These kids came like a gang,” said owner Gurdev Gill.

Gill shared surveillance video of the alleged crime with KGW on Monday in hopes that somebody recognizes the suspects and calls police. “It makes me crazy."

The video shows what appears to be a brief confrontation between the group and a store employee as the teens were leaving the business, where someone tosses a milk crate at the worker.

“At that point these guys (the workers) could say they’re legitimately in fear for their safety,” said Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson.

After viewing the surveillance video Sgt. Simpson said at the very least it is a theft case, but because of the confrontation that occurred outside, it could be more serious.

“One could argue that potentially it's robbery,” he said.

Anyone with information about the alleged crime was urged to contact Portland Police.