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Crime Thieves attack security guard at Los Angeles Nordstrom in latest ‘flash mob’ robbery in California

21:26  25 november  2021
21:26  25 november  2021 Source:   nydailynews.com

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A group of thieves attacked a security guard at a Nordstrom store in Los Angeles on Wednesday night before fleeing with an estimated $25,000 in merchandise, police said.

According to local reports, five men entered the store at the Westfield Topanga & The Village shopping center in Canoga Park just before 7 p.m.

Four of the suspects grabbed seven or eight high-end handbags, while another person attacked a security guard with “a chemical substance,” LAPD Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said, according to KTLA.

One of the suspects was described as wearing an orange wig, The Associated Press reported. The group then fled the scene in a gray Ford Mustang.

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The Daily News has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department for more information.

A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Los Angeles police say a group of thieves smashed windows at the department store at the luxury mall late Monday, the latest incident in a trend of smash-and-grab crimes is part of a national trend. © Eugene Garcia A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Los Angeles police say a group of thieves smashed windows at the department store at the luxury mall late Monday, the latest incident in a trend of smash-and-grab crimes is part of a national trend.

A security guard stands outside the Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Los Angeles police say a group of thieves smashed windows at the department store at the luxury mall late Monday, the latest incident in a trend of smash-and-grab crimes is part of a national trend. (Eugene Garcia/)

The incident is the latest in a string of similar robberies in California.

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The LAPD said in a news release Wednesday that it’s also investigating another incident, at the Beverly Center shopping mall, involving a group of thieves who “grabbed merchandise without paying and ran out”

On Monday night, a mob of at least 20 people robbed a different Nordstrom store at The Grove retail and entertainment complex.

Police said that the group grabbed about $5,000 worth of merchandise before fleeing in at least four vehicles.

On Sunday, two storefront windows on Rodeo Drive were smashed, police said.

According to The Los Angeles Times, witnesses reported the locations as a Louis Vuitton store and a Saks Fifth Avenue.

Capt. Max Subin of the Beverly Hills Police Department said that multiple suspects were seen traveling in vehicles before stopping on the locations and using “a sledgehammer to try to break through front windows.” However, they weren’t able to enter the stores, he noted.

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Similar incidents have also been reported in northern California.

Late on Saturday, dozens of ski mask-wearing looters armed with crowbars stormed into a Nordstrom store in the Bay Area, before fleeing in waiting vehicles.

“About 25 cars just blocked the street and rushed into the Walnut Creek Nordstrom making off with goods before getting in cars [and] speeding away,” Jodi Hernandez of NBC Bay Area tweeted Saturday. “At least two people arrested at gunpoint.”

On Wednesday, four suspects stormed into an Apple Store in Santa Rosa, about 55 miles north of San Francisco, and fled with $20,000 in merchandise, according to police.

High-end stores — including Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Bloomingdale’s — in the posh Union Square neighborhood of San Francisco were also targeted by thieves last week.

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Looters were arrested for allegedly bursting into a Louis Vuitton store late on Friday, grabbing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, and leaving the store completely “emptied out.” Video taken on the scene shows the store’s smashed windows and doors.

Nine people have been charged in connection with the Friday attacks, according to the AP.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed the issue on Monday, telling reporters during a news conference that the recent string of lootings in the Bay Area was “unacceptable. Period, full stop.”

He said that the California Highway Patrol would begin increasing its presence around retail outlets.

“You will see substantially more, starting today, in and around areas that are highly trafficked coming into the holiday season, Black Friday, shopping malls, so the state is supplementing those efforts and we are going to be more aggressive still,” the Democratic governor added.

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