Security heightened at major store chains after series of ‘flash mob’ robberies

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Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, center, arrives for a news conference outside the Los Angeles Police Headquarters in Los Angeles Thursday, Dec. 2, where he announced arrests in recent smash-and-grab thefts at stores, part of a rash of organized retail crime in California. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Bryan Jung The Epoch Times Security is being boosted in retail outlets across the country this holiday shopping season, as stores and law enforcement face a pandemic of organized retail crime by smash-and-grab mobs. Major stores like Home Depot, CVS, Target and Best Buy have been some of the worst afflicted by the “flash mob” raids, which have increased in scope and in size in recent weeks. Stores in California, Illinois and Minnesota have been repeatedly attacked in the past few weeks, with the Bay Area being hit hard in particular. At the end of November, a well-coordinated gang raided a San Francisco-area Nordstrom, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of items. Bystanders watched helplessly as dozens of looters in cars drove up to the store and overwh
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