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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Luther Reynolds
Montgomery County officials are exploring ways to stem a troubling trend of juvenile flash-mob thefts, including by drafting a bill specifically tailored to prosecute mob-related crime.
More than a dozen teens who were part of a mob that descended en masse on a Germantown 7-Eleven and were captured on surveillance videos brazenly raiding the store's shelves and refrigerators of candy, chips and sodas have been criminally charged, police said Friday.
The hustle and bustle of shoppers this time of year can inspire holiday cheer, but also ample opportunity for crime.
Capt. Reynolds said: "There are specific items we know are being stolen, and those include Global Positioning Systems, iPods, cell phones, laptops, purses, things of that nature, that are left in open view - typically, in many cases, where a door is left unlocked. If we can eliminate these opportunities by removing valuables or not having them in plain sight, we will reduce the number of victims of this crime, which is our goal. People are greatly impacted when affected by a crime like that, and it is a significant nuisance."
"That's when our antennas go up for visibility and attention around the malls and other areas," said Capt. Luther Reynolds.