Police in Maryland investigating a mass shoplifting have released stunning footage of an estimated 50 teenagers ransacking a Silver Spring 7-Eleven location.
Officers who responded to the call around 11:20 p.m on Saturday said that young people congregated in surrounding parking lots quickly scattered upon seeing the police vehicles, NBC Washington reports.
Police said that they stopped six people -- each between the ages of 16 and 18 -- and found that all had food or drinks, but no receipts.
In August, police encountered a similar incident at a Germantown, Md., 7-Eleven involving nearly two-dozen teenagers simultaneously robbing a convenience store around 1:30 a.m., according to the Germantown Patch.
That incident, along with spiking gang violence among the local youth, added to discussion surrounding legislation proposed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett to enact a youth curfew barring anyone under the age of 17 from public spaces between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The curfew has earned mixed responses, with some criticizing it as misplaced problem solving efforts and a violation of children's rights.