HARTFORD -- Hartford police have arrested nine teens, including the one they said was the leader, on juvenile offenses after the community came together to identify those involved in a flash mob robbery at a gas station.
Police said Friday that nine people were referred to juvenile court, and as many as 25 more teens have been identified. Hartford Public schools said, “We have worked in cooperation with Hartford police to identify the individuals responsible for the act.”
One juvenile, who acted as leader of flash mob group, was charged with Inciting riot, breach of peace and larceny according to police.
Police are "working with prosecutor to develop fair outcome," Deputy Chief Brian Foley said.
Police say the teens destroyed property and looted items, mostly candy and snacks. When they left the store, the owner was forced to close for the night to clean up the mess. The damage was valued at $4,000, police said.
Days later, families voluntarily surrendered their kids, according to police. Schools and CTfastrak busing system also helped to identify the teens. According to Foley, some of the kids took a Fastrak bus to New Britain after the looting.
At least two parents came over to turn their kids in and help identify other children.