A mob of criminals stole an estimated $60,000 to $100,000 worth of merchandise from the Westfield Topanga Shopping Center in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. and was captured on video, showing multiple individuals wearing black from head to toe ransacking a store at the mall. They were seen carrying duffel bags, purses, and other items past broken glass on the floor.
The LAPD’s Topanga Division officers responded quickly to the scene and have several investigative leads. The police department emphasized that to the criminals, the stolen items were just property taken. However, the crime has left the community feeling unsafe.
Mayor Karen Bass called the incident “absolutely unacceptable” and stated that those responsible must be held accountable. The LAPD is committed to bringing the perpetrators into custody and seeking criminal prosecution.
A similar “flash mob burglary” occurred in nearby Glendale on Tuesday, where thieves stole $300,000 worth of property from a Yves Saint Laurent store. The Glendale Police Department described these burglaries as involving a large, coordinated group of individuals rushing into the store, overwhelming staff, and grabbing as much merchandise as possible before fleeing in multiple vehicles.