SMPD on alert after robbery in Los Angeles
By Dolores Quintana
In response to the so-called Flash Mob thefts that took place in San Francisco, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Police Department is closely monitoring the situation.
These thefts have focused on some of the more upscale retail stores over the past week. The Santa Monica Police Department has not only communicated and shared information with other law enforcement agencies, it has also done the same with business owners in the Santa Monica community, according to Police Chief Ramon Batista. The chief added that communication with the SMPD has “caused some companies to take a stronger position to secure their property”,
The flash mob attacks began on Friday November 19 in San Francisco when a Louis Vuitton store was raided and the following night thieves’ cars drove to Walnut Creek to hit a Nordstrom store. In the early hours of Monday morning, the storefronts of Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in Beverly Hills were broken into by thieves who smashed windows to enter.
SMPD spokesman Rudy Flores said the department has launched a comprehensive plan to deploy a contingent of uniformed personnel to our business districts.
On Monday, November 22, when thieves attempted to launch an attack on the Nordstrom store in Grove in the Fairfax District, spokesperson Flores said the SMPD immediately shared the information with our local mall.
Last weekend in Santa Monica, a private Santa Monica Place security guard thwarted a possible armed robbery.
According to Chief Batista, around 5:30 p.m. on November 26, a member of the Observer Security Team at Block 200 of Broadway near Nordstrom in Santa Monica Place, noted seven vehicles – containing about a total of 28 people – parked in the fire. alley in front of the store.
“The security team member radioed for police assistance while noting descriptions of the vehicles and license plate information. The occupants of the vehicle noticed his behavior, became hostile and left the area before the officers arrived, ”Batista said. “The quick-witted security personnel in this matter foiled a theft.”