- Groups of thieves stole goods from two high-end stores in California on Wednesday, the latest of similar crimes in US cities.
- During the robbery, the suspects assaulted and pepper-sprayed a security guards.
- The robbers were between the ages of 14 and 18 and wore masks, police said.
According to officials, groups of thieves stole goods from two high-end stores in California on Wednesday, the latest of similar crimes in US cities.
In Los Angeles, at least five people went inside the Nordstrom store in Canoga Park and stole items that included seven or eight expensive purses, KABC reported.
During the robbery, the suspects assaulted and pepper-sprayed a security guard, Deputy Chief Alan Hamilton said. One of the thieves was wearing an orange wig, KABC reported.
Also Wednesday, police said at least four people stole $20,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in Santa Rosa, located about 55 miles north of San Francisco.
“In a brazen daytime burglary in front of customers and staff, the suspects grabbed over $20,000 worth of merchandise from the store and fled the area in an unknown vehicle,” Santa Rosa police said in a statement.
The robbers were between the ages of 14 and 18 and wore masks, police said.
The thefts come amid a recent wave of “smash-and-grab” crimes.
On Monday, at least 18 people broke into the Nordstrom department store at the Grove in LA and stole thousands of dollars in merchandise, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said. Three people were arrested, he said.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, a group of thieves swarmed the Southland Mall in Hayward on Sunday evening, wielding hammers to smash cases at a jewelry store before grabbing items and fleeing. And east of San Francisco, three suspects were arrested Saturday night after a mob ransacked a Nordstrom department store in Walnut Creek.
Fourteen people barged into a Louis Vuitton store last week in suburban Chicago and fled with more than $100,000 in handbags and other merchandise.
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