Three men have been arrested in connection with a smash and grab robbery at a Nordstrom location in Los Angeles.
A group of thieves smashed windows with sledgehammers and other tools at a Nordstrom store in The Grove, a luxury mall late Monday night. Officers followed the SUV involved in the crime. Chase ended up in South Los Angeles and all three were taken into custody, Officer Drake Madison said.
LAPD is currently processing the suspects as of Tuesday afternoon and will release more details at a later time, police told LBL.
Police believe the suspects were part of a large group of about 20 people. ABC7 reported. Police have installed barbed wire perimeter at the mall.
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The arrests follow similar instances of smash and grab groups targeting high-end retailers in the San Francisco area.
Another Nordstrom location was targeted in Walnut Creek on Friday night in ski masks and about 80 people holding crowbars and other weapons. Police have arrested three people in connection with the crime.
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Louis Vuitton at Union Square in San Francisco was also “exhausted” by a group of thieves Friday night.
Dozens of other businesses in the area, including pharmacies and marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, were targeted by shoplifting crowds over the weekend.
“At least two dozen businesses have been affected,” Oakland Police Chief Leronne Armstrong CBS told SFC. “Vehicle caravans targeting marijuana operations, retail stores, pharmacies throughout Oakland.”
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Governor Gavin Newsom weighs in on rampant crimes, calling them “unacceptable. Duration, full break.” He noted that the presence of police in the affected areas is increasing.
The Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, meanwhile, has announced that the city will limit car access to Union Square, although details on the matter are unclear.
“We are going to make some changes to Union Square and how the cars will be able to access it.” The breed said in a press conference Saturday. “When you come to this area there is limited access to terms.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.