A group of five men robbed a 14-year-old boy of his shopping bag outside Arundel Mills mall after he walked out of a Bed Bath & Beyond store about 2 a.m. Friday, Anne Arundel County Police said.
The victim told police the men accosted him on the sidewalk just outside the store, one of them punched him and another stole a bag containing merchandise he had just purchased. The suspects, who the boy described as black men aged 17 to 21 wearing black North Face jackets and jeans, ran away toward the mall's Bass Pro Shops entrance.
Police searched the area but could not find the suspects.
The boy's parents were contacted and he declined medical treatment for a minor injury at the scene.
Arundel Mills opened at midnight Friday for shoppers seeking holiday discounts.
A security guard rolled through Arundel Mills mall at a pace a little faster than a stroll Friday morning, his Segway patrol crossing in front of the Bed Bath & Beyond where police said the robbery occurred.
"There is no sale that is worth standing in line in the middle of the night. My kids don't need anything that badly," said Melody Creswell of Severna Park. Instead, she started her day at 6 a.m.
While hundreds of parking spots were open at the Maryland Live casino, shoppers flocked to spots in front of big box stores. Drivers navigated slowly through parking lanes, stalking shoppers at they headed to their cars in search of free spaces.