11/22/2011 11:01 am ET

Silver Spring Flash Mob: Police Estimated Nearly 50 Teens Rob Maryland 7-Eleven (VIDEO)

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.

The alleged shoplifters took items such as beverages and snacks, according to WXYZ.

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.



WATCH: Police footage of the latest flash mob incident: