Posted on August 17, 2023

East L.A. Nike Store Hit by Grab-And-Dash Thieves, the Latest in Series of Daytime Robberies

Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, August 14, 2023

A group of thieves were captured on video stealing boxes of shoes and other items from a Nike store in East Los Angeles on Sunday, the latest in a string of smash-and-grab thefts carried out during regular business hours.

{snip} The theft was reported to the East Los Angeles sheriff’s station at 5:36 p.m. and roughly $1,000 in miscellaneous shoes were stolen, according to Deputy Maria Lucero with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


The incident seems to be the latest in a series of flash-mob robberies, which involve a group of people who ransack a business, often with little attempt to conceal their identities.

The daytime theft in East Los Angeles comes just one day after 30 to 50 people participated in a robbery at the Westfield Topanga Shopping Center. {snip} The suspects left in sedans without license plates. Police estimated losses to be between $60,000 and $100,000.


At the Americana at Brand in Glendale, 30 to 40 people stormed the Yves Saint Laurent store on Aug. 8. {snip}