Wave of looting at luxury stores in California: three people arrested who were part of a violent lightning robbery

Several thieves broke the windows of a department store in a luxury mall in Los Angeles, barely a few days after similar robberies against high-end stores in the San Francisco Bay area.

The incident, the most recent of a national wave of robberies and thefts, aimed at a store Nordstrom in the shopping and entertainment complex The Grove.

On Tuesday morning, several workers used black plywood to cover a large window of the Nordstrom store while security guards walked in and out of the store. Shoppers, meanwhile, kept coming into the business with Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving a few days left. Black friday, which mark the beginning of America’s best-selling season of the year.

The robbers attacked around 10:40 on Monday night, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Drake Madison said. He specified that the police followed a truck involved in the robbery and that three people were arrested at the conclusion of the persecution in South Los Angeles. The number of people involved in the assault is unknownMadison noted.

Similar robberies occurred in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beverly Hills over the weekend. On Saturday, about 80 gunmen razed another store in Walnut Creek, near San Francisco, taking a shipment of clothes and purses.

Groups of thieves, some with pry bars and hammers, smashed showcases and shop windows and they openly looted luxury stores throughout the area. They stole jewelry, sunglasses, suitcases and other luxury goods before fleeing in waiting cars with the engine running. Videos on social media show masked men leaving a Louis Vuitton store with what appears to be stolen merchandise, and officers arresting a man while others escape.

The authorities believe that the robberies were organized by complex criminal networks that primarily recruit young people to steal merchandise from stores across the country and then sell it online.

Experts and law enforcement officials say thefts are increasing as the holiday shopping season progresses.

According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation (an organization of retailers in the United States), stores have reported an increase in organized robberies, and thieves are being bolder.

The electronic products chain Best Buy quoted Tuesday the wave of organized robberies as one of the reasons its gross profit margin declined in the third quarter.

Despite the scale of the robberies, statistics from the California Department of Justice show that crime in the state is at historically low levels. Nevertheless, Reports suggest that assaults have increased in 2021 compared to the previous year, when restrictions from the pandemic are believed to have reduced several categories of crime.

(With information from AP and AFP)

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