Smash mob causes havoc at Walmart

YouTube video shows teens throwing food, merchandise around store

Published On: Jul 16 2012 10:00:29 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 17 2012 03:11:17 PM EDT
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Flash mobs are known across the United States as a group of people dancing, having fun and enjoying themselves while entertaining others.

However, the Walmart off Lem Turner Road in Jacksonville fell victim to a mob of 300 people who entered the store and destroyed the security system as well as some merchandise.

According to a police report, the group destroyed an electronic anti-shop lifting security scanner that costs about $1,500. The police report also stated the massive crowd could have arrived at the store after a party that was broken up on Sampson Road.

YouTube video showed the teens throwing food and merchandise around the store.

Channel 4 crime analyst Ken Jefferson said any sort of crime where there's hundreds of people involved is a dangerous situation.

"You've got a large number of people going and coming at the same time they are throwing produce," Jefferson said. "They are stealing items, they are all over the store. You can imagine how fearful the customers were who were in there at that particular time."

Police did not make any arrests after the mob of people took over the store. If caught, these teens could face criminal charges.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said incident remains under investigation.