LA thieves attack security guard in California's latest smash-and-grab
Smash-and-grab thieves were at it again in California on the eve of Thanksgiving .
A group of five suspects stole about $25,000 in expensive purses from a Nordstrom store in the Westfield Topanga mall in Los Angeles Wednesday evening .
They assaulted and used bear spray on a security guard during the smash-and-grab, police said.
"It’s unfortunate because these people that are here are just trying to shop for the holidays [and] for their families," said LAPD Deputy Chief Alen Hamilton, according to CBS LA .
The security guard was treated by paramedics and is expected to be OK following the attack.
The suspects grabbed seven to eight purses and fled in a newer-model gray Ford Mustang, ABC 7 reported.
The owner of The Grove, Rick Caruso, slammed leadership in California for the rampant retail theft crimes in the state.
SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR'S PLAN TO COMBAT FLASH MOB LOOTING WILL LIMIT ACCESS TO STORES AHEAD OF HOLIDAYS"I think it’s a manifestation of weak leadership.
It’s a manifestation of we’re going to defund the cops," Caruso said, according to CBS LA.
The San Francisco area saw back-to-back mob lootings over last weekend, which targeted a Nordstrom, a Louis Vuitton, pharmacies, marijuana dispensaries and other retail locations.
DOZENS OF SAN FRANCISCO AREA STORES, PHARMACIES HIT BY SMASH-AND-GRAB LOOTERS: 'HURTS US ALL'In Walnut Creek, which is located about 25 miles from San Francisco, roughly 80 looters stormed a Nordstrom and took somewhere between $100,000 and $200,000 in merchandise, according to police.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe crimes have also extended to San Jose, about 50 miles from San Francisco, where at least four people stole $40,000 from a Lululemon in an incident described by police as "organized robbery."