A series of flash mob thefts have been reported at retail stores in Riverside and Arcadia, California. The incidents, captured on video surveillance, show thieves swiftly entering the stores and making off with stolen goods.
The Nordstrom Rack at Canyon Springs Marketplace in Riverside was targeted twice. In the first incident on July 10, a flash mob of at least seven people stole over $10,000 worth of high-end handbags in under a minute. In the subsequent burglary on August 14, a single man was seen running out of the store with a set of handbags.
The Riverside Police Department has released the security footage in hopes of identifying the suspects, believed to be from outside Riverside.
The Arcadia Police Department is also investigating a flash mob crime at Macy’s in the Shops at Santa Anita. There, five individuals were seen stealing perfume boxes and display bottles.