Los Angeles executives urge public not to be afraid to shop amid recent crush and seizure attacks – Daily News
Seeking to allay growing public concern amid an increase in armed robberies, authorities in Los Angeles announced Thursday that 14 people have been arrested in connection with 11 such robberies from North Hollywood to South Los Angeles in recent weeks.
The suspects have all been freed, either because of their age, bail or zero bail policies, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said when he joined officers of the city of Los Angeles and FBI officials near city hall to discuss the recent “smash-and-grab”. âRobberies throughout the region.
Moore, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Kristi Johnson, deputy director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office, also met to discuss security measures the public can take to prevent future attacks on the southern business community. from California.
Thursday’s press conference follows 11 robberies and the arrest of 14 people suspected of being linked to the thefts that recently received wide media coverage, Moore said from the desk.
At least three of the arrests have been previously announced, all involving armed robbery by a mob of at least 20 people at the Nordstrom store in The Grove, the upscale mall in the Fairfax neighborhood, on November 22.
Two suspects have been arrested in a similar theft that occurred at a North Hollywood cell phone warehouse on Nov. 21, where more than $ 100,000 in goods was stolen, Moore said. A total of six burglaries, four heists and one major theft took place between November 18 and Sunday.
Several suspects worked in tandem to rob various stores, sometimes using force and intimidation to overwhelm employees during the crimes, Moore said. It is not currently known if any of the flights are connected.
Southern California is not alone in this situation, however, according to the chief, who highlighted how cities across California have seen a surge of attempted thefts since early November.
âWhat is striking about this small number of crimes is the amount of property stolen,â Moore said. In total, more than $ 338,000 in goods had been stolen and $ 40,000 in property damage inflicted during attacks on The Grove, Westfield Topanga Mall, the Beverly Center and other popular retail areas.
And while all those arrested by the LAPD in connection with the events are now out of custody, Moore said, the county’s bail system has not dissuaded the LAPD from seeking other leads and d ” institute new tactics to remedy the situation.
“We do not allow or condone these types of bold and reckless actions,” Moore said, promising those involved to bear the consequences of their actions.
“The message once again to the bad guys is that we will find you, we will arrest you and we will prosecute you,” Garcetti added before Johnson was introduced.
Like Garcetti, Johnson encouraged businesses and local residents not to be afraid to go out shopping.
âThis disturbing trend cannot continue and we will do everything in our power,â said Johnson, to ensure that the LAPD is supported in its efforts to apprehend individuals in the community who seek to exploit others.
âWe have been successful in prosecuting these types of crimes at the federal level in the past,â Johnson said, explaining that officials intended to do the same now and were offering a cash reward that would lead to an arrest.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact 1-877-ASK-LAPD, according to Johnson.
Garcetti praised Johnson and Moore’s work in providing their employees with tools to track down the small population of Angelenos responsible for the attacks because, he said, the impact on the larger population cannot be underestimated. .
“I understand how unsettling it can be to pick up the newspaper or turn on the television to hear the descriptions or watch the videos,” Garcetti said, informing the public that despite the series of robberies and the recent murder of Jacqueline Before during a Home Invasion in Beverly Hills, crime statistics indicate the Angelenos are possibly in the safest decade of our lives.
âI’m always careful when I say this because it doesn’t mean anything if you’re a member of the Avant family or a member of a family that was attacked today,â Garcetti said. “We never want to dismiss this, but neither do we want it to explode where everyone thinks we are suddenly seeing statistics far beyond what the actual numbers are.”
Garcetti acknowledged that the situation is “not something that we have seen too often”. Regardless, he encouraged the public to rest in the knowledge that officers will be on the streets to ensure families use shopping areas safely.
“So,” he added, “you can enjoy a holiday season.”