Authorities identified four robbery suspects with the intent to robbery at Home Depot in Lakewood on Friday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified suspects Sunday: Everett Lestorkindle of Hawthorne, 22; and Los Angeles residents Bronze Jackson, 20; Sean Jones, 19; and Daniel DeHughes, 19.
The sheriff’s deputies were investigating the robbery after about eight men broke into Home Depot at about 8:00 pm on Friday and fled with sledgehammers, bolt cutters, hammers and crowbars, valued at $ 400, authorities said.
The four men were arrested early Saturday morning during a traffic stop by the Beverly Hills police. Officers found new tools in the car, possibly from Home Depot, officials said. The traffic stop occurred more than 30 miles from the Lakewood store.
Lestorkindle, Jackson and Jones were being held on $ 20,000 bail and are due on Tuesday at the Bellflower Courthouse, authorities said. DeHughes was on treatment before he was booked.
MPs are still looking for several other suspects involved in the robbery, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
The Home Depot incident was one of a wave of so-called flash-mob-style robberies that have occurred in Los Angeles over the past week – some of which happened on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
The LAPD issued a citywide tactical alert Friday night following a string of robberies in the area in the early evening, including an incident in which at least 10 people robbed a store at 130 S. La Brea Avenue, forcing employees, according to a Los Angeles police officer -Angeles Mike Lopez.
Earlier this week, organized groups attacked luxury retailers, including Nordstrom at Grove and several stores at Beverly Center in Beverly Grove, and fled with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.
Flash mob rings have also become popular in luxury stores in the San Francisco Bay Area.