‘Smash n Grab’ Black Friday Trend May Cause More Product Shortages

Black Friday is always that one day that everyone expects to find outrageous deals for holiday shopping. This year, the day was more anticipated since things are getting closer to normal; more people are getting vaccinated and the Covid numbers are decreasing. Since stores are open and in most cases, as long as you have a mask on, you can shop freely, with limited restrictions.

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But it seems this year, there’s another smash and grab robbery trend being reported nationwide this past Black Friday. Smash and go robberies are not new, one of the most memorable ones was reported back in 2015, when a short asian woman was seen on video fighting an aggressive mob attempting to rob her jewelry store.

However, this year a major US spot was Los Angeles (Lakewood, Melrose Place) resulting in an alert from LAPD; which was eventually called off Saturday at 2 p.m. Yet, establishments like Home Depot, and Bottega Veneta were mauled horrendously.

On the other hand, officers did append a vehicle with suspects and they were arrested on the scene.

A San Jose cruiser posted up outside of Westfield Valley Fair Mall on Nov. 24/CBS
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“We’re currently working with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to see if there is a link to the Lakewood Home Depot incident or any other crimes that have been committed”, said Sgt. Jeff Newmand of the Beverly Hills Police Dept.

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CNN reported that at least 18 people broke into an LA Nordstroms Monday night, getting away with thousands of dollars of merchandise.

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