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Surveillance video of a flash mob robbery at a Chicago area Sports Authority.

Surveillance Video Captures Flash Mob Robberies At 3 Chicago Area Stores

Unbelievable surveillance video captured flash mobs dashing into store after store and running out with armloads and sometimes entire racks of sporting goods.

11/06/2013

A group of more than 20 teenagers was caught on surveillance video as they descended on Mildblend Supply Co. in Wicker Park on July 28, 2012, and stole more than $3,000 worth of designer jeans. (Supplied to CBS 2)

Quinn Signs Bill To Toughen Penalties For Social Media Mob Attacks

A bill to toughen penalties on those who use social media to organize violent flash mobs has been signed by Gov Pat Quinn.

05/18/2013

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Senate Cracks Down On Social Media ‘Flash Mobs’

Anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack could face tougher punishment under legislation approved by the Illinois Senate.

04/25/2013

Photo Of Crime Scene Tape (John Li/Getty Images)

Opinion: Media Covers Up Violence Of Flash Mobs

Flash mobs were once innocent social experiments, but now are all too often racial attacks. Unfortunately, the media continues to paint a rosy picture and fails to report the violence and crime they cause.

08/02/2012

Chatham Crime Meeting

Officials: Flash Mobs Already Plague South Side

The big guns of law enforcement gathered in the Chatham neighborhood Monday night to take part in a discussion on handling crime in the area.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2011

Police chased off swimmers at North Avenue Beach on Monday after four people were treated for heat exhaustion. (CBS)

Supt. McCarthy: Gang Activity Didn’t Close Beach

Reporters wanted to know today whether it was really flash mob gang activity – not cases of heat exhaustion – that closed North Avenue Beach earlier this week.

CBS Chicago–06/01/2011

Lake Michigan (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Police Beef Up Patrols To Combat ‘Flash Mob’ Crime

Police patrols will be stepped up this weekend in light of the recent wilding and “flash mob” incidents in downtown Chicago and along the lakefront, CBS 2 has learned.

05/20/2011

The Chicago Police Department has stepped up patrols along the lakefront. (CBS)

Police Step Up Patrols After Lakefront, Downtown Mob Attacks

Sources say in the past three weeks, there have been more than 35 arrests for wilding and flash mob incidents in downtown Chicago.

CBS Chicago–05/11/2011