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January 1, Wave of ‘Flash Robberies’ Hit Luxury Stores in Southern California



Southern California’s bout with ‘flash robberies’ continues as Nordstrom Rack in Riverside becomes the latest casualty.

This wave of organized thefts involves large groups of thieves who, in a coordinated effort, overwhelm a store’s employees and security to rapidly snatch and run with valuable merchandise.

The Riverside Nordstrom Rack saw a band of six thieves making away with thousands of dollars’ worth of designer handbags.

The store located on Canyon Springs Parkway was first victimized on July 10, and then again in a distinct incident on August 14.

Surveillance footage captured the thieves, comprised of both men and women, hurriedly targeting the handbag and accessories section during the initial raid.

They are seen aggressively removing bags from displays and bypassing security lock devices. This bold group arm-loaded merchandise before swiftly fleeing the scene.

But Nordstrom Rack wasn’t their only target.

A few days following the Nordstrom Rack incident, a Macy’s store in Downtown Los Angeles was robbed in a similar fashion.

A team of about five hooded thieves was videotaped shoveling designer perfume into trash bags at the Santa Anita mall in Arcadia.

Disturbingly, amid this chaos, an employee can be audibly heard exclaiming, “oh my god, can somebody call someone.”

This trend is hardly isolated.

Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous such occurrences. Three women were apprehended for stealing roughly $30,000 in designer handbags from a store in Glendale.

Also in Glendale, a YSL store faced a major theft when over 30 culprits stormed in, taking around $300,000 worth of items.

Other establishments, such as a premium denim outlet in Gabcock Park, a Nike Store in East LA, and a Gucci store in Costa Mesa, have also been victimized.

These events are not minor in scale. Due to the high-end nature of the targets, theft amounts frequently surpass $100,000.

While some arrests linked to these flash robberies have been made, law enforcement attributes the rise in such crimes to a zero cash bail policy.

Tom Saggau, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, commented on the matter to Fox News Digital, stating “the elimination of cash bail for these types of offenses is really an invitation to these kind of folks who are inclined to break the law and inclined to do it so brazenly.”

The policy stipulates that individuals charged with a crime can be freed without paying any bail money upfront.

Reacting to the surge of these crimes, LA Mayor Karen Bass declared, “these are not victimless crimes. No Angeleno should feel like it is not safe to go shopping in Los Angeles. No entrepreneur should feel like it’s not safe to open a business in Los Angeles.”

To counteract this wave of robberies, law enforcement announced the creation of a new task force specifically to address flash mobs in the region.

Bottom Line

  • A Nordstrom Rack in Riverside becomes the latest store in Southern California to be hit by organized ‘flash robberies.’
  • The thefts, which are swift and coordinated, have targeted other high-end stores including Macy’s, YSL, and Gucci, often resulting in losses exceeding $100,000.
  • Authorities attribute the rise in such crimes to a zero cash bail policy, with a new task force recently announced to combat these organized thefts.

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  1. Jerry

    September 1, 2023 at 7:20 pm

    More White Supremacists

  2. Bob

    September 1, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    Interesting how they can identify the January 6 folks from video and put them in jail but they can’t identify the folks that are doing these Smash and Grab and put them in Jail.

    • Edie Faylor

      September 1, 2023 at 11:01 pm

      And they are all dark complected!

      • Jessica

        September 1, 2023 at 11:16 pm

        Like that’s relevant. People of ALL colors commit theft.

        • The Rebel

          September 2, 2023 at 3:37 pm

          Jessica——if you can read————-look up FBI statistics and educate yourself !!!!

  3. LMS

    September 1, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    These Fers just need to be shot! Since this administration is absolutely worthless citizens and stores are going to have to take things into their own hands. This country doesn’t need these POS causing chaos, violence, or increasing expense. They aren’t learning so enough of the BS!

    Would you expect anything less from California? Believe me no loss of this gutter trash! Anyone disagreeing shows just how little common sense part of this country has!

    • Imre

      September 1, 2023 at 8:48 pm

      IF the store manager had an AK47 behind the counter and shot a few rounds, they would scatter like the cockroaches they are!!! ANYBODY who pays the prices they ask for a purse that has a freekin’ fancy name called “designer bag”, is OUT OF THEIR MIND, when you can get the same crap at Walmart for $25. Nordstroms and other RICH PEOPLE STORES need a battallion of guards at the front doors, fully armed since California prefers to slap CRIMINALS on the wrist and NOT prosecute. Hell, they don’t even get a slap, they are at the freekin’ swap meet selling their GOODS in a half hour!!! That’s why I moved OUT of Mexifornia!!!

    • KR

      September 2, 2023 at 9:42 am

      You are absolutely correct!

  4. Joe

    September 1, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    The Democrats are getting what they deserve. End of story

  5. LMB

    September 1, 2023 at 8:02 pm

    New to hire armed security that are ready to shoot to kill these POS!!!

  6. Frank

    September 1, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    They are nothing but a blight on the United States. Another reason to reinstate eugenics because these animals, along with the POS officials who passed asinine laws downgrading criminal behavior, are destroying the country. It is sickening to watch scenes like this.

  7. L.

    September 1, 2023 at 9:15 pm

    Newsom’s people! The demographic is always the same.

  8. lee

    September 1, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    And cal wants to give these people 5 million a piece. lmao lmao lmao

  9. 1PatriotForever

    September 1, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    God sees all of them and if they do not repent and if they do not find him their souls will perish and satan will have stolen them.
    Thank Obama the entitled, Thank Obama for ALL his Potential Children who think and act just like the reptile he is

  10. Nate

    September 2, 2023 at 7:31 am

    When Leftist District Attorneys don’t prosecute criminals for breaking the law, this is what happens! Criminals have more rights then those who invest their lives into businesses and pay taxes, your rights have been violated and the left could care less!

  11. Nate Paris

    September 2, 2023 at 7:49 am

    Gov. Gavin Newsome allows crime to flourish as District Attorneys don’t prosecute for these crimes! Amagine Gavin Newsome replacing Joe Biden? If YOU CAN’T RUN A STATE, YOU CERTAINLY CAN’T RUN A COUNTRY!!!!!!!

  12. Donald Cook

    September 2, 2023 at 9:17 am

    only one way to Stop this crap. SHOOT the Bastards on the spot. Let the Devil, sort them out.

  13. CandygramForMongo

    September 3, 2023 at 6:11 am

    This is what happens when democrat overseers let the n!@@ers run the plantation field. Start shooting to stop the looting!!!

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