California smash-and-grab criminals strike once more, this time stealing $25,000 in high-end merchandise.
According to local sources, California robbery gangs struck again, snatching an estimated $25,000 in high-end products after hitting a security guard with bear spray.
Around 6:45 p.m., approximately five thieves — one wearing an unique orange wig — struck. According to KABC, the latest in a series of such smash-and-grab raids occurred Wednesday at a Nordstrom in Canoga Park.
After spraying the guard, they seized up to eight high-end handbags before fleeing in a gray Ford Mustang with a newer model, the station reported.
Numerous police cruisers, as well as fire trucks and ambulances, swarmed the store, but no arrests were made immediately. Paramedics treated the guard on the site, officials said.
This is the latest such robbery in California, which also includes at least two additional Nordstrom locations.
On Saturday, one of the chains was attacked, with crazy footage showing an estimated 90 looters raiding the Walnut Creek location in a matter of minutes.
Additionally, an employee was sprayed during the attack, while two others were beaten and kicked, an NBC News spokesman reported at the time.
Three persons have already been charged with felonies in connection with the raid, according to officials.
Dana Dawson, 30, Joshua Underwood, 32, and Rodney Robinson, 19, were each charged with a variety of offenses, including organized retail theft, according to the outlet. Dawson was also charged with felon in possession of a firearm.
Another Nordstrom was also targeted Monday night, with approximately 20 people taking approximately $5,000 worth of products from the chain's location in Los Angeles' The Grove, authorities said.
The burglary spree has frequently targeted businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. A Santa Rosa Apple store was smashed over Wednesday morning, officials say, with four men leaving with $20,000 in merchandise.
According to some experts, the brazen crimes are the result of a 2014 local ordinance that reduced the penalty for shoplifting to a misdemeanor if the theft totaled less than $950.
Nine persons have been charged with felonies in connection with Friday night attacks on retailers in the city, including Louis Vuitton, Burberry, and Bloomingdale's, officials said.
"We believe a number of the same groups are participating," Assistant Police Chief Mike Redmond of San Francisco told the Los Angeles Times.
Additionally, police confirmed Wednesday the arrests of two women in connection with a Sunday night attempt to steal items from downtown's RealReal premium consignment clothes store.
In that instance, a mob of up to forty people arrived in approximately twenty cars and attempted to break down the front door. When a security guard approached, the crew retreated. The two ladies arrested were in a car with at least $15,000 worth of clothing stolen from a second RealReal outlet in Larkspur earlier that night.
Police have stated that they will station additional officers outside possible targets to deter gangs from infiltrating, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has stated that the California Highway Patrol has increased patrols as well.