The Los Angeles Police Division is investigating what’s believed to be a smash-and-grab theft try on the Westfield Topanga & The Village shopping center in Canoga Park Friday evening.
The incident, which occurred at about 5:35 p.m. within the 6600 block of Topanga Canyon Boulevard, was first reported as an assault with a lethal weapon, mentioned Officer Madison of the LAPD.
Nevertheless, it was 5 masked suspects who emerged from a grey automotive and made their strategy to the Ice Brothers customized jewellery retailer, the place they deployed a twig — presumably bear or pepper spray — on the shop’s workers, police mentioned.
As a would-be robber ready to make use of a baseball bat to smash a show case, one of many retailer’s house owners pulled out a gun, police added.
Whereas it didn’t initially seem that any gunshots had been fired, police later confirmed that the proprietor fired one shot, which scared away the thieves.
Nobody was hit, police added, and nothing was taken from the jewellery circumstances.
In November, an identical incident passed off on the Nordstrom retailer at this mall, when 5 suspects used bear spray on a guard, stole designer purses and fled in a grey automotive.
It’s unclear if the 2 incidents are associated.
The investigation stays ongoing, and the suspects stay excellent.
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