Store owners fight back against shoplifting flash mob

Updated: 01/12/2014 6:37 PM | Created: 01/12/2014 6:34 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and Staff

Police are calling it a shoplifting flash mob.

Ten teenage girls just started stealing from an Albuquerque clothing store and when the group got caught, they started to turn violent.

18-year-old Ayesha Webb thought there would be strength in numbers when she and nine of her friends allegedly started shoving clothes and shoes into their purses at the Angel Eyes clothing boutique.

It worked for a while, but the store owners fought back.

The ten girls flooded the store, which is owned by Mary Ramirez and her sister.

While some of the girls distracted Mary, the other girls shoved clothes and shoes into their purses.

Mary’s sister immediately knew something was wrong.

“She right away she started calling the police,” Ramirez said.

But that is when things started getting crazier.

“All together, they came up to the front of the store and they start running,” Ramirez said.

The girls ran with dresses, boots, jackets and shoes, but one girl did not make it past the front doors.

“I just grabbed her,” Ramirez said.

Mary grabbed 18-year-old Ayesha Webb before she could escape and then everything took a turn for the worse.

“Someone gets caught the significant other or whoever is accompanying them does react in a violent way,” Ramirez’s nephew Oswald Cisneros said.

Cisneros says Webb’s nine friends did exactly that when they realized she had been caught.

“They came back throwing rocks…damaging property,” Cisneros said.

Now, shattered glass remains and it was all for some shoes and dresses.

Webb was arraigned on felony charges on Sunday morning.

Webb also gave police a hard time.

They say she gave them a fake birthday and was booked into juvenile detention, but that was later cleared up.

Webb was the only one caught and she is charged with felony robbery and conspiracy. 

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