Flashmob smash-and-graps continue in high-end stores in Los Angeles

A spate of flash mob thefts continued in Los Angeles as organized groups seized expensive merchandise during pre-Thanksgiving raids on stores at the Beverly Center and a Nordstrom in Canoga Park.

A security guard was attacked with bear spray when several people entered the Nordstrom at the Westfield Topanga & The Village shopping center in Canoga Park Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a press release.

In interviews with local TV stations, LAPD deputy chief Alan Hamilton said the burglars made off with several luxurious purses.

Hamilton told CBS Los Angeles that additional agents had been sent to the mall, but the burglars were able to evade them.

The LAPD also investigated a similar incident in which groups entered several stores in the Beverly Center on Wednesday, grabbed merchandise and ran away.

Officers were looking for clues to get hold of those involved, the press release said.

The break-ins came two days after an organized group broke into a Nordstrom in the Grove mall by smashing a window and stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested three suspects in connection with that incident. From the vehicle of the suspects, officers found several items of clothing, at least a cash register and gloves.

On Tuesday, LAPD chief Michel Moore told the police commission that the department would step up patrols and allocate resources to a number of higher-end locations to deter the spate of mafia thefts.

In another burglary on Monday, six people entered a CVS pharmacy on the 5800 block of South Vermont Avenue in South Los Angeles and stole three cash registers, taking about $8,500 in cash, police said.

On Sunday, burglars used a sledgehammer to break into windows of the Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Beverly Hills.

They were unable to enter the stores and, according to police, nothing was stolen.

In Contra Costa County, Dist. atty. Diana Becton announced Wednesday that three people have been arrested and charged in a burglary in which about 90 people stormed a Nordstrom in Walnut Creek on Nov. 20, through three separate entrances.

By parking 25 cars in front of the store, the group stole more than $100,000 in about a minute, an indictment said.

A Nordstrom employee was sprayed with pepper spray, another attacked with a knife and two were beaten or beaten, the complaint said.

Dana Dawson, 30, Joshua Underwood, 32, and Rodney Robinson, 19, were arrested by the Walnut Creek Police Department and charged with conspiracy, burglary, robbery and organized shoplifting.

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