In a concerning trend of daytime thefts sweeping through Los Angeles County, a brazen nine-member robbery crew recently targeted a Macy’s department store in Sherman Oaks, California. This flash mob-style theft represents the latest incident in a troubling series of bold, daylight heists that have put retailers on high alert in the region.
Daylight Robbery at Westfield Fashion Square Follows Flash Mob Heist Arrests
Nine masked individuals conducted a brazen theft, grabbing stolen goods before escaping the Macy’s store at 14000 Riverside Drive around 12:30 PM. Wearing hooded sweatshirts and dark clothing, they fled in a silver/gold Honda and a black Ford Fusion. The value of the stolen items remains undisclosed.
This incident follows the previous day’s announcement of 11 arrests connected to a string of flash mob-style heists in Southern California. The task force behind these arrests comprises various local law enforcement agencies, including the LAPD, L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Marshals, and FBI.
Wave of High-Value Robberies Prompts Urgent Measures
Recent thefts at upscale stores like Yves Saint Laurent in Glendale’s Americana at Brand mall and a Canoga Park Nordstrom have resulted in over half a million dollars in stolen goods. Mayor Karen Bass declared these crimes ‘unacceptable,’ emphasizing that they affect not only merchandise but also the safety of Angelenos as they carry out their daily tasks.
To combat this trend, Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield is proposing a police substation at Westfield Topanga Shopping Center.