An Apple store in northern California was targeted by thieves in the latest crushing robbery on Wednesday, as crowds continue to brazenly break into retail stores in several U.S. cities.
Four suspects entered the Apple store just after 11:30 a.m. in Santa Rosa, 55 miles north of San Francisco, and stole more than $ 20,000 worth of merchandise in broad daylight in front of customers and staff, authorities said.
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They escaped in a vehicle and were between the ages of 14 and 18, the Santa Rosa Police Department said. They wore black clothes and masks.
The incident follows similar burglaries involving dozens of suspects that ransacked numerous stores in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.
Hours after the Apple robbery, five suspects in Los Angeles stole around $ 25,000 worth of merchandise from a Nordstrom inside Westfield Topanga Mall and used bear spray on a security guard. On Monday, another Nordstrom at a popular shopping and entertainment complex east of downtown Los Angeles was targeted when suspects used a sledgehammer and other tools to break and enter.
The Los Angeles Police Department has also had to deal with more than 100 thefts involving suspects following their victims home from various areas of the city.
Over the weekend, retail stores, drugstores and cannabis dispensaries were ransacked across San Francisco, near Oakland and the surrounding suburbs.
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In response to the increase in these crimes, Gov. Gavin Newsom authorized the creation of task forces to tackle the problem.
The Chicago area has also seen similar thefts, including one in which a Louis Vuitton store had $ 100,000 to $ 200,000 in merchandise stolen last week.