In the latest smash-and-grab heist, burglars attacked an Apple store in Northern California on Wednesday. The theft comes as mobs continue to target retail establishments in several locations throughout the United States.
Four individuals came into the Apple shop in Santa Rosa, 55 miles north of San Francisco, just after 11:30 a.m. and took more than $20,000 worth of product in broad daylight in front of customers and employees, officials said. The suspects have yet to be identified.
According to the Santa Rosa Police Department, the suspects escaped in a car and varied in age from 14 to 18 years old. They were dressed in all black with masks on their faces.
The event comes on the heels of a string of similar burglaries involving dozens of individuals that have wreaked havoc on several businesses around the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Just hours after the Apple store heist, five suspects in Los Angeles broke into a Nordstrom store in the Westfield Topanga mall and assaulted a security officer with bear spray. The theft totaled around $25,000 in items. On Monday, suspects broke into a Nordstrom store in a popular retail and entertainment complex east of downtown Los Angeles with a sledgehammer and other weapons, according to police.
Because of the upsurge in these types of crimes, Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the formation of task groups to combat the issue.
Similar robberies have occurred in the Chicago region, including one last week in which a Louis Vuitton store had between $100,000 and $200,000 in inventory taken.
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