“Flashmob” thieves target US retailers on Black Friday

On November 26, 2021, shoppers will wait for the store to open when Black Friday is available for sale at the Bluegrass outlet shop in Simpsonville, Kentucky, USA.Reuters / John Cherry

November 28, 2021

Steve Gorman

Los Angeles (Reuters) – The day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday shoppers weren’t the only ones looking for bargains. The thief was also busy.

Police in Los Angeles and other cities across the country spent a lot of holiday weekend patrols looking for suspects in a series of “flashmob” robbers on Friday. Run away with the shelves.

Authorities also use the term “smash and grab” to describe trends.

At least two such robbers were reported on Saturday by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office. Local television station KCAL-TV counted a total of six robbers on Friday alone in the western part of the city.

In one case, a group of eight men entered the Home Depot outlet at a Lakewood shopping mall south of downtown Los Angeles, walked directly to the Tool Passage, and robbed a bunch of hammers, hammers, and crowbars. From, it was worth about $ 400. Escape, said the sheriff’s office.

According to LA television station KTTV, up to 20 suspects were involved in the Friday night home depot robbery, who came to the store in as many as 10 cars and wore ski masks before attacking the tool corridor.

“We tried to stop them,” clerk Luis Romo told KTTV. “We closed the front door, and they raised their hammers, and anyone in the way was going to hurt them.”

The Los Angeles City News Agency said four suspects of the robbery were arrested by Beverly Hills police on Saturday.

According to LAPD, in a similar incident on Friday afternoon, a group of more than 10 men broke into a store in the city’s Fairfax district, began to get goods without paying, and before fleeing the scene. I pushed the employees out of the way.

According to a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson, police are investigating the possible link between the incident and other robbery and retail store thefts on Friday and earlier that week.

The rash of retail crime put police officers on tactical alert throughout the city on Friday afternoon.

Mass robbery was also reported on Friday at two of the best buy electronics stores in Minneapolis-Cent. As many as 30 suspects were involved in one of them, the Paul Area, and a pre-dawn retail robber was under investigation in Chicago.

In one of the largest flashmob robbers recently reported on the West Coast, police at Walnut Creek on the outskirts of San Francisco were looking for about 80 suspects who swarmed in department stores last Saturday to plunder.

(Report by Steve Gorman of Los Angeles, edited by Paul Shimao)

“Flashmob” thieves target US retailers on Black Friday

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