Late Friday night, Los Angeles police triggered a citywide tactical alert following a wave of flash mob-style robberies at high-end stores.
And in Lakewood, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives were investigating a possible robbery of a Home Depot after people stormed into the store on Friday night and fled with sledgehammers and bolt cutters, according to authorities and a store employee.
Friday’s tactical alert follows a series of incidents in which groups raided stores across Los Angeles, including Nordstrom at the Grove Mall and several stores at the Beverly Center in the Beverly Grove area, and disappeared with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. …
Three people were arrested in connection with the Nordstrom incident on Tuesday in which 20 people stole $ 5,000 worth of goods after smashing a shop window, police said.
In Canoga Park, several people entered a Nordstrom store on Wednesday night at Westfield Topanga & the Village, where they attacked a security guard with a bear spray and drove off with the goods.
On Friday, at a home improvement store in Lakewood, more than half a dozen people entered the store just before 8:00 pm and stole goods, deputy Miguel Meza said.
“Witnesses saw several cars take off,” Meza said.
A store employee told The Times in a telephone interview that the men took sledgehammers and crowbars, and some wore hoodies and sweatshirts.
Late Friday evening, detectives arrived at the scene and interviewed witnesses.