It could only be described as 20 minutes of mayhem when a crowd of kids ransacked a Bryan convenience store last Saturday night. The store clerk at the Chevron Food Mart at William J. Bryan and Highway 21 says the kids swarmed the place, vandalizing and stealing a number of things.
Store Clerk Terry Polsgrove says it was just your average Saturday night...
"It was pretty slow, I was about to close the store and I had like two customers, said Terry Polsgrove.
But around 11:15...
“It got to the point where I started seeing more and more kids coming into the store,” Polsgrove added.
Security cameras from the Chevron Gas station at Sandy Point Road and U.S. Highway 21 in Bryan show 30 to 40 teens swarming the parking lot.
“I called my co-worker in to come help me out and keep an eye on them because we've been having a lot of stealing in the store,” he said.
But before he knew it, Polsgrove and his co-worker were being ambushed.
"You start seeing this young lady yelling, 'Hey, come on in and get it! They're giving away free stuff!' so they started taking everything so I figured I'd shut the door and keep everyone separated, but as you can see I was overwhelmed,” Polsgrove said while viewing the surveillance footage.
In all there were more than five separate security cameras from inside the store watching their every move.
“When you watch this video, it's appalling to see these young children acting the way they were,” said Bryan Police Department Public Information Officer Kelley McKethan.
Each camera shows the teens stealing candy, food, drinks and as Polsgrove described it, anything they could get their hands on.
“It happened so fast, within a matter of 20 minutes I was being overwhelmed by kids ages eight to 17, I mean I was just shocked,” said Polsgrove.
Polsgrove says one young suspect ran straight through the store, grabbed alcohol, but ended up dropping it before he made it out the door.
"I don't know if it was planned or what, but it was crazy,” Polsgrove described.
Polsgrove says he was finally able to call police after the teens ran off.
"Just because the child didn't take a bag of chips; if they're a part of it or egging it on, they can also be charged with it as well,” said McKethan.
Police say the suspects could be charged with vandalism, theft, organized crime and even assault. We're told several parents have come forward to police with statements. While no charges have been filed yet, police say they're going to investigate the crime to the fullest.