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A group of teenage thieves, ages 15-20, assaulted amyear set up a Home Depot in Los Angeles, and smashed the windows of the establishment with sledgehammers and crowbars in the middle of the robbery chaos recorded in the city during Black Friday.
Up to ten young people, whose ages are estimated between 15 and 20 years, broke into the store on Hardwick Street in Lakewood, Los Angeles around 7.45 p.m.
Employees said the assailants got out of vehicles wearing ski masks before quickly grabbing various tools and fleeing toward the waiting cars.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the suspects cleared the entire hammer section.
It is feared that the looters are stockpiling tools to equip themselves for future robberies.
Employee Luis Romo told Fox11 network: “We tried to stop at that moment and closed the main entrance and they raised their mallets.
“Whoever got in the way they were going to hurt him. In fact, they threatened a client, but he ran away ”.
The incident remains under investigation. No arrests have been reported yet.
A series of similar audacious robberies occurred at various locations in Los Angeles on Black Friday.
A gang escaped with loot from a Bottega Veneta store in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, after pepper-spraying an employee and seizing merchandise.
An armed trio also stole a Rolex watch from a jewelry store on Melrose Avenue around 7 p.m. with a pistol.
The worrying increase in violent robberies has caused many stores to shell out private security in an attempt to protect their property.
Louis Schillace, senior general manager of Westfield Century City, assured buyers: “We are closely monitoring the theft situation throughout the county.
“We have an excellent relationship with the LAPD and local authorities and we are working with them to make sure we are fully prepared.