3 suspects in custody after armed robbery in Nordstrom store in The Grove, LAPD says
Three people are in custody in connection with an armed robbery at a Nordstrom site in Los Angeles.
A group of thieves smashed windows with a hammer and other tools at a Nordstrom store in a luxury mall called The Grove on Monday night. Officers pursued an SUV implicated in the crime. The chase ended in South Los Angeles and three people were arrested, Officer Drake Madison said.
The LAPD is currently processing the suspects on Tuesday afternoon and will release more details later, police told Fox News.
Police believe the suspects were part of a larger group of around 20 people, ABC 7 reported. A “custom-made protective barrier” was “deployed at entrances overnight,” according to a public relations manager speaking on behalf of The Grove, and not a barbed wire fence as previously reported by media local.
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The arrests follow similar cases of smash-and-grab mobs targeting high-end retail establishments in the San Francisco area.
Another Nordstrom site was targeted by about 80 people wearing ski masks and holding crowbars and other weapons on Friday night in Walnut Creek. Police arrested three people in connection with the crime. Police estimate that the thieves took between $ 100,000 and $ 200,000 in merchandise.
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A Louis Vuitton in Union Square in San Francisco was also “emptied” Friday night by a crowd of thieves.
Dozens of other businesses in the area, including drugstores and marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, were also targeted for shoplifting over the weekend.
“At least two dozen businesses have been affected,” Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong said. told CBS SF. “Vehicle touring trailers, targeting cannabis operations, retail stores, drug stores, throughout Oakland.”
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Governor Gavin Newsom weighed in on rampant crimes, calling them “unacceptable. Full stop.” He also noted that the police presence is increasing in the affected areas.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has meanwhile announced that the city will limit car access to Union Square, though details on this remain unclear.
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“We’re going to make changes to Union Square and the way cars can access it,” Race said at a press conference Saturday. “There will be limited access in terms of when you come to this area. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.