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Just before Senate committee hears ‘flash rob’ bill, another occurs in Portland

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:10 pm with No Comments »
February 2, 2013 10:58 am
Stay classy, Portland.
Stay classy, Portland.

I wrote yesterday about state Sen. Mike Carrell‘s effort to combat  ”flash robs,” which have been a problem in Portland, Ore. in the past year.

After the bill’s hearing this morning, I expected to not hear the phrase “flash rob” again for the rest of the legislative session, since as far as anyone can tell, one’s never occurred in Washington. And last time I checked, the state’s “paramount duty” wasn’t to crack down on groups of kids stealing stuff in unison.

But Portland thieves can’t seem to give the flash mobbery a rest. Last night, on the eve of Carrell’s bill getting a hearing, another “flash rob” went down in the city to the south.

Portland’s KGW News has the story about the latest theft.

And, just in case you were curious, here’s the clip of another Portland flash mob theft that Carrell showed at today’s bill hearing.


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