Wild video footage shows dozens of looters storm through a Los Angeles Nordstrom store armed with bear spray, taking an estimated $100,000 in luxury items.
The gang, dressed in black hoodies and wearing face coverings, can be seen grabbing expensive luggage during a raid on the department store at Westfield Topanga Mall in the Canoga Park neighbourhood on Saturday.
The thieves — both male and female, according to the Los Angeles Police Department — are shown taking various goods, including a Burberry handbag, as an employee appears to be gesturing law-abiding shoppers and staffers to retreat to safety.
Shattered glass can be seen as a thief wearing a black balaclava slips while exiting the store.
As of Monday afternoon, the LAPD’s Topanga Division had not reported any arrests.
Twitter user Noel Escobar shared a video with the caption: “I was shopping at Topanga Mall when this happened!! They started stealing all the Designer from Nordstroms.”
Several people are seen in the video pulling at security-tagged goods and raiding clothes rails.
Escobar can be heard saying: “Damn, this is f***ing crazy y’all. This is nuts.”
The group swarmed the store at around 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The gang had also deployed bear spray to attack two security guards at the store, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported.
One shopper inside the store told NBC Los Angeles that she saw the looters target Yves Saint Laurent products.
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“I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a disgrace,” the customer named Janie said.
“I saw three cars pull up, and I saw these guys just running out with all these purses. They just grabbed all the YSL.’”
The same Nordstrom had previously been looted in November 2021 when robbers again used bear spray on a security guard and stole designer goods.
Last week, video footage circulated after a gang of at least 30 brazen thieves ransacked a Yves Saint Laurent store in an upscale California shopping centre.
California continues to deal with a spate of robberies after lawmakers lowered the punishment for thefts of merchandise under $950.
Thefts of objects valued at $950 or less are misdemeanors.
Those convicted of such a crime can face six months in a county jail, but in most cases cops do not even bother to press charges.
The California Senate passed legislation in May that prevents employees from confronting active shooters or shoplifters in the state.