The LA police department retrieved footage on Tuesday from the recent smash and grab robbery that saw the theft worth $25,000 from a department store, showing a person attacking a security guard with bear spray.
The robbery happened on November 24, in Canoga Park’s Westfield Topanga Mall, inside a Nordstrom.
LAPD HQ released a statement on Twitter with the video attached,
Detectives are releasing video in connection with the incident at the Topanga Mall where a security officer was attacked with bear spray, and asking public’s assistance in finding the suspect(s).
Any info call LAPD Topanga Robbery 818-756-3520 or http://lacrimestoppers.org”
“The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating Flash Mob Thefts that occurred at the Beverly Center and Topanga Mall”, it further said on Twitter alongside an investigation warrant.
The video retrieved from the surveillance shows a person wearing a jacket with a hoodie and mask approaching the security guard from behind before moving to his front side and using a bear spray on his face.
The security guard was then seen falling on the floor with his hand on his face while the suspect fleed the place, out of the camera view.
The video saw the guard attempting to stand up and staggering into a clothing display stand.
Following the incident, the police confirmed, “a group of thieves stole expensive purses from the Nordstrom and fled the area during the attack”.
Two days before the incident, a different Nordstorm franchise was targeted when the robbers used a sledgehammer and other equipment to break into the department store at The Grove, located in Los Angeles downtown.
Last week, the police department reported that 14 people involved in the 11 theft incidents that occurred throughout the city had been arrested. But they were released later due to zero-bail rules.
After the robbery incident occurred on Nov 24, CBS Los Angeles Tweeted, “Smash and grab robberies are on the rise all over the state. Critics of current leaders think the recent crime wave is a result of years of lawmakers – and even voters – watering down penalties for committing these acts”.
The LAPD has established patrols in prime areas to avert any possible retail shop theft in the future.