Groups of thieves target two high-end stores in California

In Los Angeles, at least five people entered a Nordstrom store in Canoga Park and stole items that included seven or eight expensive handbags, CNN affiliate KABC reported.

During the theft, the suspects assaulted a security guard and sprayed them with pepperAnd Vice President Alan Hamilton said. KABC reported that at least one of the suspects was wearing an orange wig. CNN has reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department for more information.

Also on Wednesday, police said at least four people stole $20,000 worth of merchandise from the Apple Store in Santa Rosa, which is about 55 miles north of San Francisco.

“In a brazen daytime burglary in front of customers and employees, the suspects grabbed over $20,000 worth of merchandise from the store and fled the area in an unidentified vehicle,” Santa Rosa Police said in a statement.

Police said the suspects were between the ages of 14 and 18 and were wearing masks.

Image from surveillance footage at the Apple Store in Santa Rosa, California.

The thefts come amid a wave of “smash and grab” crimes recently.

At least 18 people on Monday broke into a Nordstrom department store in Los Angeles’ Grove and stole thousands of dollars in merchandise, Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore said. He said three people had been arrested.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, a group of thieves swept into Hayward’s Southland Mall on Sunday evening, using hammers to smash bags into a jewelry store before grabbing items and fleeing. And east of San Francisco, three suspects were arrested Saturday night after a mob looted a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek.

In a suburb of Chicago, 14 people broke into a Louis Vuitton store last week, saving more than $100,000 in handbags and other merchandise.

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