Mobs continue to target retail stores in many U.S. cities on Wednesday, Nov. 24. For example, in Santa Rosa, police are investigating a daylight smash-and-grab theft that occurred earlier in the day at the Apple Store in Santa Rosa Plaza, located about 55 miles north of San Francisco.
According to police, officers arrived at the Apple Store on the 1000 block of Santa Rosa Plaza soon after 11:30 a.m. after a report of a “smash-and-grab” theft involving four young male suspects, Fox News reported.
The thieves stole more than $20,000 worth of merchandise in broad daylight in front of customers and staff.
“In a brazen daytime burglary in front of customers and staff, the suspects grabbed over $20,000 worth of merchandise from the store and fled the area in an unknown vehicle,” Santa Rosa police said in a statement.
Police added that the suspects were between the ages of 14 and 18 and wore masks.
The incident comes after a string of similar burglaries in the Bay Area and Los Angeles involving dozens of suspects who ransacked several stores.
Hours after the Apple burglary, the Associated Press reported that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said Nordstrom was also robbed on Wednesday evening. Five suspects stole around $25,000 worth of products from a Nordstrom inside the Westfield Topanga Mall and used bear spray on a security guard. No arrests were made at the time.
The two robberies are the latest in a run of organized retail theft that law enforcement agencies in California seem powerless to stop.
In response to the thefts, police have increased store security, and California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has called on mayors to increase efforts to stop the crimes.