Smashing and flash mob takeovers continue at upscale stores in Los Angeles
A string of mob robberies continues in Los Angeles as organized groups snatch expensive merchandise in pre-Thanksgiving raids on stores at Beverly Center and Nordstrom in Canoga Park.
The Los Angeles Police Department said in a press release that a security guard was attacked with bear spray as multiple people entered Nordstrom at Westfield Topanga Shopping Center and The Village in Canoga Park on Wednesday evening.
In interviews with local television stations, Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said that thieves stole many luxury purses.
Hamilton told CBS Los Angeles that additional officers were deployed to the shopping center but that the thieves were able to avoid them.
Los Angeles police were also investigating a similar incident in which groups entered several stores in the Beverly Center on Wednesday, requisitioning and running out of merchandise.
The press release stated that the officers were pursuing leads to apprehend those involved.
The break-ins came two days after an organized group stormed a Nordstrom store in Grove Mall by smashing a window and stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise.
Los Angeles police have arrested three suspects in connection with this incident. Officers recovered several pieces of clothing, at least one cash register and gloves from the suspects’ vehicle.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore told the police commission that the department will step up patrols and allocate resources to some high-end locations to deter Wave of mob robberies.
In another burglary Monday, six people entered the CVS Pharmacy at the 5800 block of South Vermont Avenue in south Los Angeles and stole three boxes of cash, taking about $8,500 in cash, police said.
On Sunday, thieves used a sledgehammer to try to smash the front windows of Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Beverly Hills.
Police said they were unable to reach the shops, and nothing was taken.
In Contra Costa County, District. came. Diana Pickton announced Wednesday that three people have been arrested and charged in a burglary in which about 90 people broke into Nordstrom in Walnut Creek on November 20, using three separate entrances.
A criminal complaint said the group parked 25 cars in front of the store and stole more than $100,000 in about a minute.
The complaint said one Nordstrom employee was pepper-sprayed, another was assaulted with a knife and two were hit or punched.
Walnut Creek Police Department arrested Dana Dawson, 30, Joshua Underwood, 32, and Rodney Robinson, 19, and charged them with conspiracy, burglary, theft and organized retail theft.