(ConservativeHub.com) – Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass along with other law enforcement officials recently announced that there would be a regional task force created to focus on reducing such crimes and bringing thieves to justice. According to an August 17 report from Fox News, this comes amid concerns about flash mob robberies taking place in the city.
During her announcement of the multi-agency Organized Retail Crimes Task Force, Bass argued that the incidents that they have seen in Los Angeles and other cities were “unacceptable.” She added that the city’s residents should not have to fear going to the stores in Los Angeles and that entrepreneurs should not feel afraid to have open businesses there.
Law enforcement officials and the mayor promised that they were going to take action to try and hold people responsible for their crimes, adding that theft was not a victimless crime.
When it came to the zero cash bail policy followed by the city, officials argued that individuals who have retail theft charges would be held in jail, but that those charged with grand theft are likely to be released on bail.
The recent flash robberies have caused concern across the Los Angeles area. Fox News reported that last week, eleven masked and hooded people entered Ksubi, a luxury denim store on La Brea Avenue, which they ransacked and robbed. One of the suspects allegedly used a handgun to threaten the unarmed security guards who tried to step in.
According to the outlet, a different flash mob robbery occurred at Topanga Mall in a Nordstrom where a group of over 30 people entered the store and stole over $300,000 in merchandise. One of the suspects reportedly had used bear spray against a security guard to keep them from intervening.
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