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Families, schools help identify teens involved in Hartford gas station flash mob robbery

HARTFORD -- A community is coming together to identify teens involved in a flash mob robbery at a Hartford gas station over the weekend.

Families are voluntarily surrendering kids, according to Hartford Police Deputy Chief Brian Foley. Schools and CTfastrak busing system are also helping to identify the teens. According to Foley, some of the kids took a Fastrak bus to New Britain after the looting.

At least two parents came over to turn their kids in and help identify other children. More than 80 percent of the teens had been identified by Wednesday afternoon.

They're expected to be referred for juvenile offenses, specifically of larceny in the sixth degree.

The incident was caught on camera Saturday night. Dozens of juveniles looted a gas station Saturday night. Around 10 p.m., police say 30 to 40 teens entered the Shell at 335 Capital Avenue after going to a party in the area.

Police say the teens destroyed property and looted items, mostly candy and snacks. When they left the store, the owner was forced to close for the night to clean up the mess. The damage was valued at $4,000, police said.

Later, a 21-year-old man and a juvenile entered the store, took items and damaged property. When officers arrived, the store owner identified the pair.

The man, identified as Travon Shirly, 20, of Hartford, fought with officers before he was arrested, police said. One officer received minor injuries. The juvenile was processed and later released from the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hartford police.