An Apple and Nordstrom were robbed in California on Wednesday, the latest in a series of armed robberies that have sparked an increasingly harsh response from officials.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said Nordstrom was robbed by five people on Wednesday night, the Associated Press reported, with the thieves taking seven to eight expensive handbags.
The thieves pepper sprayed a security guard at Westfield Topanga Shopping Center before fleeing by car. The security guard was treated at the scene when police and ambulances arrived, but no arrests were made.
An Apple store in Santa Rosa was also robbed of $ 20,000 in merchandise on Wednesday, police said.
“In a cheeky daytime break-in in front of customers and staff, suspects seized more than $ 20,000 in merchandise from the store and fled the area in an unknown vehicle,” Santa Rosa police said in a statement.
The two thefts are the latest in a series of organized retail thefts in California that law enforcement is struggling to contain.
The San Francisco district attorney on Wednesday indicted nine people in connection with multiple organized robberies in the city.
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