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Interestingly enough, you know who's not mentioned in this WSJ story about flash robs? NYC. In case you're unfamiliar, flash robs are like flash mobs but with stealing instead of dancing. Philadelphia, D.C., and Chicago were all named in the piece, but there was nothing in it about New York—whereas in Maryland, this is happening: "A group of 30 teens flooded a Maryland 7-Eleven in August, helping themselves to chips and other snacks. Police initially labeled the group a flash mob organized via cellphones, but it turned out the group plotted the deed while riding a city bus." [WSJ]