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Videos Show Teen Mob Looting Philly Wawa, Destroying Vehicles

Philadelphia, PA – Terrifying videos posted to social media showed a mob of teenagers ransacking and looting a Philadelphia Wawa convenience store in the city’s Mayfair neighborhood on Saturday night and police want parents to turn their kids in.

The incident began at about 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 24 at the Wawa store located in the 7000-block of Roosevelt Boulevard, WPVI reported.

Police said mayhem erupted as a mob of about 100 juveniles rushed into the convenience store and started ransacking it.

Officers responded to the scene as teens ran from the looted Wawa and started jumping on the hoods and roofs of vehicles parked nearby, FOX News reported.

Videos of the chaos posted to social media showed customers who were inside the store trying to order sandwiches as hundreds of teenagers behind them knocked over displays and stole merchandise.

Police said images of suspects captured on the store’s security cameras and in videos of the melee posted to social media showed some of the participants may have been as young as 10 years old, WPVI reported.

Philadelphia police released video and still images of many of the suspects and asked the public and their parents to identify them.

“I know there are several parents that will look at this and say, ‘That’s not how I raised my kids,’ and that’s understandable. But also there is a responsibility to then identify your kids to us,” Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner John Stanford told reporters during a press conference on Monday.

“The bottom line is: we cannot have this type of behavior happening in this city. The business community doesn’t deserve that, the citizens don’t deserve it,” Deputy Commissioner Stanford added.

The store released a statement that said Wawa was working closely with law enforcement, WPVI reported.

“We are working closely with law enforcement to support their efforts to bring all of the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible,” the statement read. “We remain committed to protecting our associates and customers and ensuring a safe, welcoming environment for each customer, in every Wawa store. Nothing is more important to us.”

Investigators are working with the district attorney’s office to bring charges against the suspects once identified, WPVI reported.

Police said charges may include felony rioting, among other things.

Victims whose cars were damaged in the mayhem in the Wawa parking lot have been asking to call the Northeast Detectives at the Philadelphia Police Department, WPVI reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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