Friday, May 20, 2022

WATCH – Another Smash-and-Grab Day in Los Angeles; Gang of thugs robbing a jewelry store with impunity…

You can’t make it through the day on social media without seeing several videos of thugs smashing and grabbing businesses in either Los Angeles or San Francisco.

These thugs targeted a shopping center in Los Angeles, robbing jewelry from a merchant as he tried to fight them off.

WATCH:

Seeking to quell growing public concern amid a surge in “smash-and grab” robberies, authorities in Los Angeles announced Thursday that 14 people have been arrested in connection with 11 such robberies from North Hollywood to South Los Angeles in recent weeks.

The suspects all have been released, either due to their age, posting bail or zero bail policies, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said when he joined Los Angeles city leaders and FBI officials near City Hall to discuss the recent “smash-and-grab” robberies throughout the region.

Moore, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Kristi Johnson, the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, also gathered to discuss the safety measures the public can take to prevent future attacks on Southern California’s business community.

The press conference Thursday came on the heels of 11 robberies and the arrests of 14 individuals who are believed to be connected to the thefts that received an extensive amount of recent media coverage, Moore explained from the lectern.

At least three of the arrests were announced previously, all involving the smash-and-grab robbery by a mob of at least 20 people at the Nordstrom store at The Grove, the upscale shopping center in the Fairfax district, on Nov. 22.

“We’re not allowing or tolerating this type of bold and reckless actions,” Moore said, promising those involved will face consequences for their actions.

“The message again to the bad guys is we will find you, we will arrest you, and we will prosecute you,” Garcetti added before Johnson was introduced.

“This disturbing trend cannot continue and we will do everything in our power,” Johnson said, to ensure the LAPD is supported in their efforts to apprehend individuals in the community who look to exploit others.

“We have had success in prosecuting these types of crimes on the federal level in the past,” Johnson said, explaining officials intend to do the same now and are offering reward money that leads to arrest.

Source: The Daily Breeze