Robbers attacked a security guard Wednesday night and stole designer handbags worth an estimated $25,000 from the Nordstrom store at a mall in the Canoga Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.
It was the latest in a series of robberies in the Bay Area and Los Angeles that prompted Governor Gavin Newsom to order more CHP patrols.
The robbers ran through a door and took “several expensive purses,” Los Angeles deputy chief of police Alan Hamilton told ABC7.
A group of at least five men, one of whom was wearing an orange wig, entered the store at about 7 p.m., stole the purses, exited the store and jumped into a newer model gray Ford Mustang that drove away from the scene, according to ABC7 and KCAL9.
The guard was sprayed with a corrosive chemical and taken to a hospital for treatment, although more details were not immediately available.
The robbery happened two days after a mob of at least 20 people was mugged at the Nordstrom store in the upscale Grove shopping center in the Fairfax neighborhood Monday evening. The suspects in the robbery fled in at least four vehicles.
Three suspects were arrested in South Los Angeles after a chase. Officers found several items of clothing, at least one cash register and gloves from their vehicle.
City News Service contributed to this article.