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Crime Suspects quizzed over California flash mob robbery

07:50  24 november  2021
07:50  24 november  2021 Source:   afp.com

14 suspects robbed about $120,000 worth of Louis Vuitton merchandise from Chicago store

  14 suspects robbed about $120,000 worth of Louis Vuitton merchandise from Chicago store A group of over a dozen people stormed a Louis Vuitton store in Chicago and stole about $120,000 worth of merchandise. They escaped in three cars.The suspects were caught on tape wearing masks and sweatshirts as they grabbed bags and cleared out shelves in the store. The robbery resulted in about $120,000 in merchandise being stolen.

(Reuters) - Police in California on Sunday were seeking about 80 suspects who they said swarmed into a Bay Area Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) department store in a coordinated robbery , ransacking as much as they could carry and fleeing in cars they had parked outside. The robbery followed another brazen mob -heist of high-end stores on Friday night in San Francisco's Union Square, about 25 miles (40 km) to the west. Video posted by a KNTV television reporter showed several people running out of the store with merchandise and climbing into about 25 parked cars that ringed the building and

Police in California were seeking about 80 suspects who they said swarmed into a Bay Area Nordstrom department store in a coordinated robbery .

Three people suspected of being part of a robbery flash mob were being questioned Tuesday, the latest in a series of violent thefts in California involving sometimes dozens of people.

Three people were being quizzed over a flashmob robbery in Los Angeles, the latest in a series of mass burglaries in California © FADEL SENNA Three people were being quizzed over a flashmob robbery in Los Angeles, the latest in a series of mass burglaries in California

At least 20 raiders in four cars took part in a smash-and-grab at a Los Angeles department store Monday evening, taking a sledgehammer to the display window and loading up on men's clothing.

As police arrived the group split up, with one vehicle leading officers on a high-speed chase along the city's freeways, which ended with a foot pursuit and the arrest of the three.

String of Thefts at High-End San Francisco Stores Have Officials Wary of Coordinated Effort

  String of Thefts at High-End San Francisco Stores Have Officials Wary of Coordinated Effort After several robberies at high-end stores around San Francisco, law enforcement officials are growing concerned about the trend of "flash mob robberies."According to The Associated Press, law enforcement officials believe the thefts to be the work of organized crime networks recruiting young people to steal valuable merchandise, then sell it online.

(Reuters) - Police in California on Sunday were seeking about 80 suspects who they said swarmed into a Bay Area Nordstrom department store in a coordinated robbery , ransacking as much as they could carry and fleeing in cars they had parked outside. The robbery followed another brazen mob -heist of high-end stores on Friday night in San Francisco's Union Square, about 25 miles (40 km) to the west. Video posted by a KNTV television reporter showed several people running out of the store with merchandise and climbing into about 25 parked cars that ringed the building and jammed traffic

Police in California on Sunday were seeking about 80 suspects who they said swarmed into a Bay Area Nordstrom department store in a coordinated robbery , ransacking as much as they could carry and fleeing in cars they had parked outside. The robbery followed another brazen mob -heist of high-end stores on Friday night in San Francisco’s Union Square, about 25 miles (40 km) to the west. Video posted by a KNTV television reporter showed several people running out of the store with merchandise and climbing into about 25 parked cars that ringed the building and jammed traffic on the streets.

The robbery followed two similar attempts to smash through the windows of the Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in swanky Beverly Hills on Sunday.

Police said those raids were unsuccessful.

On Saturday, an 80-strong gang swarmed a department store in Walnut Creek near San Francisco, scooping up armsful of clothes and bags.

Police there said it was "clearly a planned event", according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gangs of thieves wielding hammers targeted several other stores in the Bay Area over the weekend, including in San Francisco's Union Square.

Videos on social media show masked raiders racing out of a Louis Vuitton store carrying bundles of apparently stolen merchandise, with police officers arresting one man as others ran away.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Promises to Boost Police Funding Amid Shoplifting Wave

  California Gov. Gavin Newsom Promises to Boost Police Funding Amid Shoplifting Wave "We want to protect people and we want to respect people's rights, including small business owners," Newsom said.Newsom, a Democrat, made the remarks during a speech at a COVID-19 vaccination event in San Francisco on Monday. He described multiple high-profile Bay Area robberies, including the organized storming of a Nordstrom luxury department store on Saturday, as "unacceptable" before noting that California had recently reestablished a retail theft task force.

VIDEO: California police seek 80 suspects in flash - mob department store robbery . Posted 16m ago16 minutes agoMon 22 Nov 2021 at 1:36am. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. Watch. Duration: 40 seconds40s. California police seek 80 suspects in flash - mob department store robbery . Dozens of looters descended on a Nordstrom store and stole merchandise in a coordinated raid that lasted less than a minute.

Police in Northern California on Monday were seeking about 80 suspects who swarmed into a Bay Area Nordstrom department store in a coordinated robbery , ransacking as much as they could carry and fleeing in cars they had parked outside. “The remaining participants in this criminal mob fled from the area in cars at high speeds,” Walnut Creek Police said in a statement on Sunday. The department also warned of the possibility of anther heist and said additional officers would be on duty. The robbery on Saturday followed another brazen mob -heist of high-end stores on Friday night in San Francisco’s

In nearby Oakland, gangs targeting cannabis retailers opened fire on police when they were confronted.

"We do have intelligence that it’s a collective group of people, multiple groups coming together to commit these attempted burglaries," Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said, according to the Chronicle, adding that the heists appeared to be organized through social media.

Despite the high-profile spree, figures from California's Department of Justice show crime in the state is at historically low levels.

However, reports suggest robberies have ticked up in 2021 compared to a year earlier, when pandemic restrictions are credited with reducing many categories of crime.

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