An Apple and Nordstrom were robbed on Wednesday in California, the latest in a string of smash-and-grab robberies that have spurred an increasingly hardline response from officials.
The Los Angeles Police Department said Nordstrom was robbed by five people on Wednesday evening, with the robbers taking seven to eight expensive purses, The Associated Press reported.
The robbers pepper sprayed a security guard at Westfield Topanga Mall before fleeing the scene in a car. The security guard was treated at the scene as police and ambulances arrived, but no arrests were made.
An Apple store in Santa Rosa was also robbed on Wednesday of $20,000 in merchandise, according to the police.
“In a brazen daytime burglary in front of customers and staff, the suspects grabbed over $20,000 worth of merchandise from the store and fled the area in an unknown vehicle,” Santa Rosa police said in a statement.
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