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(CBSLA) – LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Authorities said on Thursday that 14 persons had been detained in connection with 11 robberies that took place from North Hollywood to South Los Angeles, but that they had all been freed.
“Because of the brutality involved with these smash-and-grab type crimes, neighborhood residents and retail personnel have been put in great risk,” Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore stated.
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It’s an issue for the cops, as well as people who are afraid to go shopping at this traditionally busy season.
“Property destruction, assaults on shop staff, and automobile caravans,” Moore stated.
Some of the city’s senior executives convened on Thursday to reassure the public that smash-and-grabs would be punished.
“My message to the evil folks is that we will find you, arrest you, and punish you,” stated LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Sledgehammers and crowbars were stolen from businesses including the Home Depot in Lakewood, and authorities believe they were utilized in subsequent robberies. During a heist at Nordstrom in Canoga Park, a security officer was assaulted with bear spray, and high-end establishments in Beverly Hills and The Grove had their windows broken out.
More than $300,000 worth of goods was taken in all, according to authorities, with $40,000 worth of damage left behind.
“What’s concerning is how painful this has been for our merchants’ psyches, on store personnel’ mentalities, as well as the shopping public and the community at general,” Moore added.
The LAPD has increased patrols and detained two dozen persons, however the accused have been freed owing to their age or their failure to post bond.
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Zero bail measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 in overcrowded cells aroused the wrath of local officials fed up with repeat criminals returning to the streets.
“We need the assistance of our criminal justice system, judges, and jailers. “There are certain individuals who should be locked up,” Garcetti remarked.
Chief Moore also thinks that more attention to these types of crimes would lead to criminal justice reform and the elimination of the zero bail program.
Despite a run of robberies and the tragic death of Jacqueline Avant during a Beverly Hills home invasion, Mayor Eric Garcetti told the public that Angelenos are “probably in the safest decade of our lives,” according to crime data.
“I’m always cautious when I say that because it doesn’t matter if you’re a member of the Avant family or a family that was assaulted today,” Garcetti added.
“We never want to disregard it, but we also don’t want it to bubble up to the point where everyone believes we’re suddenly seeing figures that are well beyond the truth.”
Garcetti went on to say that the resources devoted to apprehending the robbery suspects are designed to keep the public secure throughout the Christmas season.
“Especially after COVID-19,” Garcetti stated, “we want you to patronize your local companies.” “We want you to be able to go shopping and feel secure doing so.”
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“We’ll be out there making sure your family is secure, that the stores you love are safe, and that you can enjoy the Christmas season that we’ve all been waiting for after two years at home.”