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Video shows suspected shoplifting ambush at Portland gas station

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Nearly two dozen teenagers barged into a Portland convenience store and stole food, soda and beer this weekend, according to police.

Surveillance video captured the Saturday night incident at a Chevron station on Southeast 92nd Avenue and Foster Road.

Police believe there were 15 to 20 people involved in the shoplifting ambush.

It started when a few teenagers walked through the store's front doors and then fanned out across the store. The video shows them grabbing candy, snacks and drinks before leaving without paying.

A store worker called 911 when a few of the teens came back to the store. That's when some of the teens started throwing things at the employees, one of whom grabbed a bat and scared them off.

The manager on duty that night said he can't believe children would do such a thing.

"I was so disappointed because they are very young. They're kids. They have a bright future and they should do something better for their life," said Carlos Garcia, the store manager.

Investigators are continuing to review the video.

Anyone with information is asked to call Portland police.

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