Los Angeles Police Chief Michelle Moore told a meeting of the city’s police commission on Tuesday that a group of 18 to 20 people stole at least $5,000 in merchandise and caused $15,000 in damage.
Moore said nearby police officers “heard the incident” and saw vehicles running away, and officers chased one of the vehicles.
Los Angeles police spokesman Officer Drake Madison told Granthshala that the chase ended in South Los Angeles, and that three people in the vehicle were arrested in connection with the theft.
Moore said officers recovered consignment from the vehicle and one of the three people arrested.
Moore said Los Angeles police would increase overnight patrols at high-end retail stores starting Tuesday.
The burglary is one of the most recent in a series of similar crimes in some major US metropolitan areas, including San Francisco and Chicago.
Police are calling a “smash-and-grab” incident Saturday night at a Nordstrom location in Walnut Creek near San Francisco, which involved about 80 people. Lieutenant Ryan Hibbs of the Walnut Creek Police Department told Granthshala that people fled the store in at least 10 different vehicles. Three suspects were arrested.
“There was a crowd of people,” said Brett Barrett. “The police were going in. It was like a scene from a movie. It was crazy. … It was a scary scene for a moment.”
Hibbs said police have yet to estimate a dollar amount for the stolen items.
The incident was followed by similar burglaries on Friday night in Union Square and surrounding areas of San Francisco, including Louis Vuitton stores, Burberry stores, jewelry stores, Bloomingdales, Walgreens, cannabis dispensaries and even a glasses. Shop is also included. Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said at a news conference on Saturday.
Similar Crimes Reported in Illinois
Police told WLS that people arrived at the Oak Brook Center mall, pulled out garbage bags and started stuffing them. Surveillance video from the store, obtained by WLS, shows a chaotic scene as masked shoppers walk into the store to grab handbags and other items, while shoppers move out of the way.
According to Police Chief James Kruger, investigators have information about three vehicles that were blown up by thieves. Oak Brook is about 25 miles west of Chicago.
On November 1, at least 13 men wearing masks and gloves entered the same Louis Vuitton store and stole several items worth $100,000. Northbrook is about 30 miles from Oak Brook.
“We don’t know if there’s a real relationship yet, but there are definitely similarities,” Kruger said.
Granthshala’s Jason Hanna contributed to this report.
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