Mob of 30 Looters Raids Best Buy Store, No Arrests Made
Electronics store in Minnesota hit on Black Friday
A Best Buy store in Minnesota was raided by a mob of 20-30 looters on Black Friday, accoridng to reports.
However, all of the suspects fled the scene with stolen property without police making a single arrest.
The incident happened around 8 p.m. at the electronics store near the Burnsville Center shopping mall in Burnsville, a suburb south of Minneapolis.
The store was open at the time of the robbery and it is yet unclear how much was stolen, WCCO-TV reporter Nick Streiff wrote in a Twitter post.
Burnsville Police confirm to @WCCO that a group of 20-30 people robbed a Best Buy store near Burnsville Center mall around 8pm this evening. All of the suspects fled before police arrived. Police say no weapons were involved; unclear how much was taken.— Nick Streiff (@nickstreiff) November 27, 2021
Police said no weapons were believed to be involved in the incident, according to the post.
Major retailers in cities and metro areas across the U.S. have seen numerous flash mob-style robberies in recent weeks.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore told the city’s Police Commission planned to step up a police presence in response to several such incidents there, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported.
Meanwhile, four men burst into an Apple store in broad daylight and stole $20,000 worth of merchandise in another smash-and-grab attack in California earlier this week.
The incident took place at Santa Rosa Plaza, about 50 miles from San Francisco, on Wednesday morning, according to The Daily Wire.
“Four young men, believed by police to be between the ages of 14 and 18, entered and grabbed the merch before fleeing in what authorities called a ‘brazen daytime burglary’ in broad daylight,” the Daily Mail reported.
“In a brazen daytime burglary in front of customers and staff, the suspects grabbed over $20,000 worth of merchandise from the store and fled the area in an unknown vehicle,” Santa Rosa police said in a statement, according to The Hill.
A group of thieves also hit a Nordstrom store in the Los Angeles area on Wednesday evening, stealing at least seven luxury handbags and assaulting a guard before making a clean getaway.
Five people, one wearing an orange wig, entered the store in Canoga Park just before 7 p.m. and sprayed a security guard with “some kind of chemical” as terrified shoppers fled, according to the Mail.
“The thieves sped off and managed to escape with thousands of dollars worth of handbags despite multiple police cruisers, as well as fire trucks and ambulances, responding to the raid,” said the Mail.
In each, waves of thieves — in one instance a mob of about 80 — stormed into stores and stole as much as they could carry.
Thieves have stolen tens of thousands of dollars worth of luxury goods, but often face little consequence amid soft misdemeanor theft laws passed in 2014 by voters in the Democrat-run state.
But the robbers aren’t acting alone.
“Law enforcement say that mercenary thieves are being recruited for up to $1,000 to steal the expensive goods which are then shipped across state lines and sold on the internet,” the Mail reported.
"The sophisticated method makes it harder for cops to track the criminals."
Meanwhile, a debate has broken out about what to call the thefts.
Police and law enforcement “experts” in California are saying that the recent surge of smash-and-grab thefts in California shouldn’t be called “looting” because that term carries racial connotations.
That has prompted a spokesman for the San Diego Police Department to call the thefts “organized robbery,” according to a new report.
The large-scale thefts aren’t considered looting under the California Penal Code, according to a report Tuesday by ABC affiliate KGO.
“The penal code defines looting as ‘theft or burglary … during a ‘state of emergency,’ ‘local emergency,’ or ‘evacuation order’ resulting from an earthquake, fire, flood, riot or other natural or manmade disaster,’” the report said.
“As the Bay Area grapples with a wave of seemingly organized smash and grab robberies this weekend, policing and journalism analysts are cautioning against the use of the term looting,” Race and Social Justice Reporter Julian Glover said.