Police in Los Angeles are scouring the city for a group of suspects after the gang rammed a truck through the front of an Arleta-area clothing store and pillaged the location.
Known as a crash-and-grab, the crime occurred Wednesday at around 11:30 p.m. at the New Star clothing store in a local strip mall, according to a report that cited the Los Angeles Police Department.
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Officers who responded to the scene found that the suspects had used a truck to smash through the front of the store.
They took custom jewelry and clothing before fleeing in a separate vehicle, according to the report.
“It’s just sad because it getting to be an everyday thing for us,” Arleta Neighborhood Council Vice President Jaime Gallow said.
A total lack of stringent law enforcement has encouraged criminals to commit crimes such as crash-and-grabs, according to Gallow.
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“We feel like criminals have more rights than we do,” he said. “Crime is on the rise. The same thing can happen to you as you’re walking to your car. So we all could be victims.”
“We advise people to be careful and be aware of their surroundings.”
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