Teenage boys rushed into an Apple store in Hingham on Monday evening and stole 22 phones, police said.
Ten to 12 boys went into the store in the Derby Street Shoppes about 5:40 p.m. in what was described as “an organized retail theft” and stole the phones before fleeing, Hingham police said in a Twitter posting.
Police said the teenagers were all wearing sweat shirts with their hoods on.
Hingham Police Sergeant Steven Dearth said a witness saw some of the boys leaving in what looked like a white Ford Taurus with the license plates covered up. The witness lost sight of another group of boys once they entered the parking lot, so there may have been another vehicle involved.
Police are investigating, and waiting for the Apple store to send surveillance camera footage, Dearth said.
Dearth said he “would certainly classify this as a planned event by a large group of people,” adding this is the first time he has heard of an episode such as this.
“Obviously, we’ve seen things where multiple people were involved,” Dearth said. “But we haven’t seen anything quite like this that’s organized with this many people. We haven’t seen anything like that, and we have a lot of retail places there.”
The incident comes several weeks after an organized group of teenagers swarmed inside a Roslindale convenience store July 24 and began throwing and stealing merchandise.Olivia Quintana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @oliviasquintana.