At least 18 people broke into the Nordstrom store in Los Angeles; 3 arrested, according to police

The group used a sledgehammer and an electric bicycle to smash a window, allowing them to enter the closed Nordstrom department store at The Grove in Los Angeles at around 10:40 p.m. PT, city police said. .

The group, made up of 18 to 20 people, stole at least $ 5,000 in merchandise and caused $ 15,000 in damage, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said at a committee meeting on Tuesday. city ​​police station.

Nearby police “heard the event” and saw vehicles pulling away, and officers chased one of the vehicles, Moore said.

The chase ended in south Los Angeles and three people in the vehicle were arrested in connection with the burglary, Los Angeles Police spokesman Officer Drake Madison told CNN.

Officers recovered goods from the vehicle and one of three people arrested, Moore said.

Los Angeles Police will increase night patrols at high-end retail stores starting Tuesday, Moore said.

The burglary is one of the most recent in a series of similar crimes in some major metropolitan areas in the United States, including San Francisco and Chicago.

About 80 people were involved in what police are calling a “smash-and-grab” incident Saturday night at a Nordstrom site in Walnut Creek, near San Francisco. People fled the store in at least 10 different vehicles, Lt. Ryan Hibbs of the Walnut Creek Police Department told CNN. Three suspects were arrested.

The manager of a nearby restaurant said KPIX, subsidiary of CNN that the suspects wore masks and wore what appeared to be crow’s feet.

“There were a lot of people,” said Brett Barrett. “The police were arriving by plane. It was like a scene from a movie. It was insane.… It was a scary scene for a while.”

Police have yet to estimate the dollar amount of the stolen items, Hibbs said.

The incident follows a series of similar robberies on Friday night in Union Square and surrounding San Francisco, including at a Louis Vuitton store, Burberry store, jewelry store, Bloomingdale’s, Walgreens, cannabis dispensaries and even eyeglass store, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said at a press conference Saturday.

Similar Crimes Reported in Illinois

At least 14 people broke into a Louis Vuitton store in Oak Brook, Ill. On Wednesday and took away at least $ 100,000 in merchandise, according to WLS affiliated with CNN, based on interviews with the Oak Brook Police Department.

Police told WLS that the individuals rushed into the store at the Oak Brook Center mall, took out garbage bags and began to fill them with items. Store surveillance video, obtained by WLS, shows the chaotic scene as masked shoplifters pour into the store grabbing handbags and other merchandise as shoppers rush to walk away .

Investigators have information on the three vehicles the thieves drove off in, according to Police Chief James Kruger. Oak Brook is approximately 25 miles west of Chicago.

Kruger told WLS his investigators were working with investigators from the Chicago suburbs to Northbrook, where the police say eight people took away $ 66,000 worth of merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store in Northbrook Court shopping center in October.

On November 1, at least 13 men wearing masks and gloves entered the same Louis Vuitton store and stole several items valued at $ 100,000. Northbrook is approximately 30 miles from Oak Brook.

“We don’t know yet if there is a real connection, but there are definitely some similarities,” Kruger said.

CNN’s Jason Hanna contributed to this report.