California Nordstrom ransacked in huge ‘flash mob’ smash-and-grab, $60K to $100K in goods taken: police

A Nordstrom store in Los Angeles was looted by a mob of more than 30 people on Saturday, with suspects taking about $100,000 worth of handbags and clothing.

The Los Angeles Police Department said a group of “criminals” stole items from the store around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Video taken from inside the store shows groups of 30 to 50 people in sweatshirts with hoods on their heads.

The suspects were seen inside a department store rushing to the front door with bags in hand and scooping up as much merchandise as they could while stumbling over shelves that were still attached.

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Police estimate the value of the stolen goods at $60,000 to $100,000.

FOX 11 in Los Angeles Police said the mall was not evacuated, but a man was treated by paramedics after being sprayed with bear spray, police said.

This was the second “flash mob” in Los Angeles County within the past week.

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On August 8th, a group of thieves fled from a Yves Saint Laurent store in Glendale, Calif., in broad daylight with an estimated $300,000 worth of merchandise in their arms.

According to police, the group fled the store and got into a vehicle waiting nearby.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass issued a statement About Nordstrom’s flash mob on Saturday.

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Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass (Robert Gautier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“What happened today at Nordstrom at Topanga Mall is absolutely unacceptable,” she said. “Those who have committed these acts, and those who have done similar acts in neighboring areas, must be held accountable.”

“The Los Angeles Police Department will not only continue to hunt for the perpetrators of this incident, but will also continue to work to ensure that such attacks against retailers do not occur in the future,” Bass added.


California, like many states, has seen brazen robberies in recent years, with an uptick during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fox News Digital’s Stephen Sorace contributed to this report.

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