Flash mob-smash-and-grabs continue in upscale stores in Los Angeles

A rash of flash mob thefts continued in Los Angeles as organized groups seized expensive items in pre-Thanksgiving raids at stores in the Beverly Center and a Nordstrom in Canoga Park.

A security guard was attacked with bear spray as several people entered Nordstrom at the Westfield Topanga & The Village Mall in Canoga Park on Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a press release.

In interviews with local TV stations, LAPD deputy chief Alan Hamilton said the burglars ran off with several advanced purses.

Hamilton told CBS Los Angeles that extra officers had been deployed to the mall, but the burglars were able to avoid them.

The LAPD also investigated a similar incident in which groups went into several stores in the Beverly Center on Wednesday, grabbed goods and ran out.

The officers pursued tracks to catch those involved, the press release said.

The burglaries came two days after an organized group broke into a Nordstrom in Grove mall by smashing a window and stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise.

Los Angeles police arrested three suspects in connection with the incident. Officers found several items of clothing, at least a cash register and gloves from the suspects’ vehicle.

On Tuesday, LAPD chief Michel Moore told the police commission that the department would step up patrols and allocate resources to some advanced locations to deter the wave of mob thefts.

In another burglary Monday, six people walked into a CVS pharmacy on the 5800 block of South Vermont Avenue in south Los Angeles and stole three cash registers, taking about $ 8,500 in cash, police said.

On Sunday, burglars used a sledgehammer to try to smash shop windows in Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Beverly Hills.

They were unable to enter the stores and according to police, nothing was taken.

In Contra Costa County, Dist. Atty. Diana Becton announced Wednesday that three people have been arrested and charged with a burglary in which about 90 people stormed a North Stream in Walnut Creek on Nov. 20 using three separate entrances.

Parking 25 cars in front of the store stole the group more than $ 100,000 in about a minute, a criminal complaint said.

One Nordstrom employee was pepper sprayed, another assaulted with a knife and two were beaten or beaten, the complaint states.

Dana Dawson, 30, Joshua Underwood, 32, and Rodney Robinson, 19, were arrested by the Walnut Creek Police Department and charged with conspiracy, burglary, robbery and organized retail theft.

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