An Apple and Nordstrom were robbed on Wednesday in California, the latest in a series of smash-and-grab robberies that have spurred an increasingly harsh line from officials.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said Nordstrom was robbed by five people Wednesday night, The Associated Press reported, where the robbers took seven to eight expensive purses.
The robbers pepper sprayed a security guard at Westfield Topanga Mall before fleeing the scene in a car. The security guard was being treated on the spot when police and ambulances arrived but no one was arrested.
An Apple store in Santa Rosa was also robbed on Wednesday for $ 20,000 in merchandise, according to police.
“In a rampant daytime burglary in front of customers and staff, the suspects seized over $ 20,000 worth of goods from the store and fled the area in an unknown vehicle,” Santa Rosa police said in a statement.
The two robberies are the latest in a series of organized retail thefts in California that law enforcement agencies are fighting to curb.
The San Francisco District Attorney charged nine people in connection with several organized robberies in the city on Wednesday.
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