Women Sought After Flash Mob-Style Robbery at Sunglasses Store

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Authorities were asking for the public’s help Wednesday in identifying a group of women involved in a flash mob-style robbery at store selling sunglasses in Valencia.


Surveillance video of flash mob-style robbery at Valencia shop. (Credit: L.A. County Sheriff’s Department)

The incident occurred just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 at the store located in the 24200 block of Town Center Drive.

“A very brazen attack in the middle of the afternoon,” said Deputy Joshua Duban of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Store surveillance video showed a group of at least eight women entering the store and gathering around the display cases.

When the store clerk realized what was happening and ran to call 911, the women could be seen rushing out of the store.

“In a flash mob-type of sensation [they] cleaned out numerous pairs of sunglasses and other merchandise,’ Duban said.

One witness reported seeing the women get into a dark colored SUV before fleeing the area, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

The women, believed to be between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, stole well over $20,000 worth of merchandise from the store, authorities said.

Anyone with information was urged to contact Detective Burrow at 661-255-1121 or at JDBurrow@lasd.org.


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