PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia police have released surveillance video of the group of youths searching a Wawa store in the Mayfair neighborhood.
Video shows the faces of many suspects as they burst through the door. Investigators also added close-up photos of the looters they were looking for.
The surveillance video is followed by viral videos of the incident from both inside the store and of the crowd jumping on cars outside.
The chaos happened around 8:15 p.m. Saturday at the store on the 7000 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.
Police said officers arrived at the scene and observed about 100 youths damaging the store. Police said some of the people in the videos could be as young as 10.
“The bottom line is, we can’t allow that kind of behavior in this city. Business doesn’t deserve this, citizens don’t deserve it,” First Deputy Police Commissioner John Stanford said during a news conference Monday.
The video showed the youths inside the store throwing groceries and damaging the store.
The police appealed to the parents.
“I know there are several parents who will look at this and say, ‘That’s not how I raised my kids,’ and that’s understandable. But there is also a responsibility to then identify your children to us,” Stanford said.
Wawa released this statement on the incident:
“We are working closely with law enforcement to support their efforts to bring all perpetrators to justice as quickly as possible. We remain committed to keeping our employees and customers safe and providing a safe and welcoming environment for every customer in every Wawa store. Nothing is more important to us.”
Police said they are working with prosecutors and charges could include rioting, which is a crime. They also say if your car was damaged in the parking lot call Northeast Detectives.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call 215-686-TIPS.
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