A flash mob of looters ransacked a Nordstrom store at the Topanga Mall in Los Angeles on Saturday as they attacked security guards with bear spray.
Looters stole an estimated $60,000 to $100,000 worth of merchandise from the Nordstrom in the smash-and-grab attack, Los Angeles police said.
A massive group ransacked a Nordstrom store at the Topanga Mall in Canoga Park Saturday, making off with handfuls of clothes and handbags.
It happened around 4 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department. A group of 20–50 people ran into the store, grabbing merchandise off the shelves.
Video taken from inside the store showed the group, in mostly black, running through the store, knocking over displays, and grabbing whatever they could before running out of the store. Police estimate the stolen goods are worth between $60,000 and $100,000.
A group of between 20—50 people looted a Nordstrom at the Topanga Mall. It’s the second ‘flash mob’ robbery in LA County this week, but police don’t know if they’re connected.
Saturday’s “flash mob” robbery is the second in Los Angeles County in the last week. On Aug. 8, a similar robbery happened at a Yves Saint Laurent store at the Americana in Glendale. A massive group ran into the store, and grabbed thousands of dollars in handbags and clothes before getting into cars that were waiting for them nearby. A $50,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to arrests in that robbery.
Despite the similarities to the Glendale robbery, police said they are not yet sure if Saturday’s robbery at the Topanga Mall is connected.
In a statement Saturday, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called the robbery “unacceptable. Those who committed these acts and acts like it in neighboring areas must be held accountable. The Los Angeles Police Department will continue to work to not only find those responsible for this incident but to prevent these attacks on retailers from happening in the future.”
Police statement released late Saturday night:
“Today at around 4 p.m., a mob of criminals stole items from the Topanga Mall with an estimated loss of $60,000 to $100,000. Topanga Division officers were on the scene quickly and had several investigative leads. To criminals, it is just property taken. To those who live in the area and patronize the Topanga Mall, it is a loss of feeling safe. The LAPD will exhaust all efforts to bring those responsible into custody and seek criminal prosecution.”
Earlier this month, another mob looted a Gucci boutique located inside a Bloomingdales in Century City, Los Angeles.