BEVERLY GROVE (CBSLA) — A pop-up shop selling high-end designer clothes and accessories was hit by a group of smash-and-grab burglars, just one day after it opened in Beverly Grove.
Police say a group of as many as ten burglars with sledgehammers broke through the plate-glass door of the as Amuze.com storefront, which had just opened Sunday. They grabbed as much high-end designer merchandise as they could, and got away in three cars.
Officers were alerted to the break-in by a silent alarm and a witness who called it in.
“The building was secured, the building was locked down, it has an alarm, so the owner did everything they could to protect their property,” Los Angeles police Sgt. Delano Hutchins said. “Unfortunately, we just have people out there that choose to take things that aren’t theirs.”
Amuze.com sells men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from designers such as Gucci, Saint Laurent and Valentino. The pop-up shop had just opened Sunday, and was scheduled to last through Wednesday.
The store was able to clean up the remains of the shattered plate glass door and reopen for business.
Over the past few months, there have been a rash burglaries in the West Los Angeles area involving a smashed-in glass door or window and a group of people running in, grabbing merchandise, and getting away in more than one car. Police say, however, that it’s not clear yet whether Monday’s burglary is related to ones at the Grove last month or Bape store in In October.
Detectives will review security video of the burglary, and have already identified the make of the three getaway cars — a Dodge Charger, a Honda Civic and a Volkswagen.