More than 30 individuals burglarized a Nordstrom store in Los Angeles on Saturday, making off with nearly $100,000 worth of accessories and clothing.
Saturday at approximately 4:00 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department, a group of “criminals” robbed the store. A group of 30 to 50 individuals donning hooded sweatshirts has been captured on camera inside the store.
The suspects are observed inside the department store rushing to the front entrance with bags in hand, grabbing whatever merchandise they can while stumbling over racks with some merchandise still attached.
The stolen goods are estimated to be worth between $60,000 and $100,000, according to the police.
The Los Angeles police informed that the shopping center had not been evacuated, but a man who was sprayed with bear repellent received treatment by paramedics.
Los Angeles Mayor Condemns Second Flash Mob Robbery in a Week
In the previous week, this was the second “flash mob” to occur in Los Angeles County.
On August 8, a video captured a group of criminals fleeing a Yves Saint Laurent store in Glendale, California in broad daylight with an estimated $300,000 worth of merchandise.
The station reported that once the group escaped the store, they entered vehicles that were waiting nearby. Saturday, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass issued a statement regarding the Nordstrom flash mob.
She stated that what occurred today at the Nordstrom in the Topanga Mall is completely abhorrent. Those responsible for these and similar crimes in neighboring regions must be held accountable.
Bass emphasized that the Los Angeles Police Department may not only proceed to identify those accountable for this particular incident, but will also work to prevent future assaults on retailers.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of blatant smash-and-grab invasions rose in California, as it did in a number of other states.