CHICAGO - Police are investigating after a group of people shoplifted from a Chicago clothing store Thursday afternoon, reports CBS Chicago. The "flash mob" robbery was captured on surveillance video, along with a store employee's attempt to stop the thefts.
About a dozen male and female suspects entered the K&G Fashion Superstore in Chicago's Grand Crossing neighborhood, bringing their own shopping bags, in an attempt steal as a group, according to the station.
When a group of female suspects tried to walk away, the same clerk darted out from between two cars, grabbed one of the women's bags and tossed it back inside the store, the video shows.
"We were able to retrieve $2,200 worth of merchandise, but we're estimating that they walked away with at least $1,200 [in stolen merchandise]," store manager Celestine Williams told CBS Chicago.
According to the station, every shoplifter got away. K&G had no security on duty at the time the crime occurred. Chicago police said this was an isolated incident and that they will work with local businesses on future prevention efforts.