LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A citywide tactical alert has been lifted through the majority of the city Saturday following a “smash-and-grab” robbery at a high-end store in the Melrose area, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The LAPD defines a tactical alert as enabling all available officers to respond to a criminal incident if necessary.READ MORE: Fire Breaks Out In Restaurant Of Downtown LA High-Rise, One Hurt
Friday around 8:20 p.m., a large group rushed into a clothing store in Beverly Grove and stole several items.
The robbery happened in the 8400 block of Melrose Avenue at a Bottega Veneta store location, which sells high-end items.READ MORE: Suspect Shot, Wounded By Deputies During Standoff; Climbs Onto Roof Of Walnut Park Home
It appears pepper spray was used during the crime. It’s unclear how the group was able to enter the store and if any arrests were made.
Six smash-and-grab robberies took place in the Fairfax District, Beverly Grove and Hancock Park on Black Friday.MORE NEWS: Claremont Unified Cancels All Classes To Assess Windstorm Damage, Power Out At 2 Campuses
This was among the latest in a series of so-called flash mob-style robberies in the Los Angeles area during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.