California theft gangs have struck once more, swiping an estimated $25,000 in high-end goods after attacking a safety guard with bear spray, based on native studies.
About 5 thieves — one in a particular orange wig — struck round 6:45 p.m. Wednesday at a Nordstrom in Canoga Park, KABC said of the newest in a plague of such smash-and-grab raids.
After spraying the guard, they snatched as much as eight costly purses earlier than fleeing in a more moderen mannequin grey Ford Mustang, the station mentioned.
Multiple police cruisers, in addition to hearth vans and ambulances, have been seen swarming the shop, however there have been no quick arrests. The guard was handled by paramedics on the scene, officers mentioned.
It is simply the newest such theft in California — together with no less than two different Nordstrom shops.
One of the chains was focused Saturday, with wild footage displaying an estimated 90 looters raiding the Walnut Creek department in minutes.
An worker was additionally sprayed in that assault, whereas two others have been punched and kicked, a spokesperson told NBC News on the time.
Dana Dawson, 30, Joshua Underwood, 32, and Rodney Robinson, 19, have been charged with a slew of crimes together with organized retail theft, the outlet mentioned. Dawson was additionally charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Another Nordstrom was additionally struck Monday evening, with about 20 folks swiping about $5,000 value of merchandise from the chain’s retailer in The Grove in Los Angeles, police mentioned.
The latest have notably focused the San Francisco Bay Area. Some specialists blame the brazen crimes on a 2104 legislation there that lessened the penalty for shoplifting to a misdemeanor if the theft is lower than $950.
Nine folks have been charged with felonies for stealing greater than $1 million in goods in reference to Friday evening assaults on shops together with Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Bloomingdale’s in town, officers have mentioned.
“We believe it is a lot of the same groups involved,” San Francisco Assistant Police Chief Mike Redmond told the Los Angeles Times.
Police have mentioned they are going to put extra officers outdoors seemingly targets to keep away from gangs from streaming in, and Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned the California Highway Patrol has additionally stepped up patrols.