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Hartford police investigate flash mob theft at gas station

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Dozens of teens rushed their way into a Connecticut gas station this weekend and ransacked the store. (WFSB) Dozens of teens rushed their way into a Connecticut gas station this weekend and ransacked the store. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Dozens of teens rushed their way into a Connecticut gas station this weekend and ransacked the store.

This type of robbery has become popular on the Internet and now, these incidents have been reported in Connecticut.

The manager of the convenience store released surveillance video of a large group of children pilling into the shop on Capitol Avenue. Seconds later, the teens were seen leaving with candy and snacks in their hands. The incident left $4,000 of damage on the property.

“They knocked everything on the floor,” store manager Ameer Orjani said. “The candy box. They took some, but they damaged everything for the candy.”

Orjani said he was ambushed at 10 p.m. on Saturday.  

“We cannot tell why they are here and why they did this,” Orjani said. “We can't figure it out.”

On Monday, the motive was still unclear.

“As a rebellion. Just attack all the stores you can,” Malik Bonilla, of Hartford, said.

Bonilla said Saturday’s incident is a popular type of robbery these days. 

“There's videos on Facebook. They do that in New York and stuff,” Bonilla said. “They ransack the stores and take the stuff.”

Right now, police were pouring over this surveillance looking to identify those boys and girls involved. But with this type of flash mob mentality growing in popularity, Bonilla warned this could be a disturbing trend this holiday season. 

“At the end of the day, these are our businesses that we come to, buy our food from and you shouldn't be doing stuff like that,” Bonilla said.

Eyewitness News saw distributors reloading the shelves at the Shell on Monday and they're keeping a watchful eye too. 

“It's dangerous period. Just about any job you do these days,” distributor Mack West said. “You just have to be careful, work with your partner and keep an eye out for each other.”

None of the teens involved in the incident were wearing masks.    

Anyone with any information about the incident or those involved in the incident are asked to call the Hartford Police Department at 860-757-4000 or by clicking here

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