Apple store thieves seize $20,000 worth of goods in latest California smash-and-grab

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A group of thieves raided an Apple Store in California and looted $20,000 (£15,000) in a “shameless” daylight.

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Police in Santa Rosa, California, about 50 miles north of San Francisco, said they are looking for four teenage boys suspected of burglary on Wednesday.

The crime was part of a wave of audacious “smash and grab” attacks in the Golden State over the past week, in which the criminals attacked mass stores in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.


On November 20, 80 people used pepper spray against employees at a Nordstrom branch in a ‘flash mob’ in the Bay Area suburb of Walnut Creek, while 25 cars blocked the road outside.

Santa Rosa thieves wearing face masks and collecting a handful of phones at around 11.36 a.m. the day before Thanksgiving.

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The Santa Rosa Police Department said, “In a theft committed earlier in the day in front of customers and employees, the suspects seized more than $20,000 in merchandise from the store and fled the area in an unidentified vehicle.”

It described the suspects as four young blacks aged between 14 and 18. Anyone with information about the theft should call the department’s property crime squad at 707-543-3575, citing case number 21-13043, officials said.

That same evening, five robbers broke into a Nordstrom in Canoga Park in Los Angeles and stole seven or eight expensive wallets. Police said one of the thieves was wearing an orange wig.

Another Nordstrom outlet, a swanky outdoor shopping center called The Grove, was ransacked on Monday by about 20 people who smashed their way through a display window with a sledgehammer.

In the Bay Area on Sunday, a group of 40 to 50 people broke open glass display cases at a jeweler’s shop in Hayward, near San Jose, while other thieves broke into a Lululemon store and a sunglasses store. Robbed for about $50,000 (£37,470). ,

Police said many of the burglaries are the work of organized robbery rings that each hired freelancers for the job, sometimes providing crowbars and getaway cars. Some gangs are said to steal specific items that are in demand among black market sellers, sending them out of state to sell online.

Opponents of California’s ruling Democrats blame the state’s easing of sentencing laws, although many such initiatives involve less serious evasion.

In 2014, Californians voted in a referendum to approve Proposition 47, which raised the felony theft limit from $500 (£375) to $950 (£712).

State Governor Gavin Newsom vowed to act on Monday, saying: “We want real accountability. We want people to be prosecuted and we want people to feel safe this holiday season.”


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