Horrified shoppers were left terrified as a large group of people swarmed a department store and used bear spray on two security guards - before taking off with thousands of dollars worth of luxury handbags and high-end clothing
On a busy Saturday afternoon around 4pm, shoppers at Nordstrom's were left in shock as a large group of people - which cops estimated between 30 to 50 - ran into the store.
The thieves used bear spray on two security guards who confronted them, police say. Video shows thieves scooping up armfuls of items and running for the exit.
In the normally peaceful and busy Topanga Mall, located in Canoga Park in California, shoppers were sent running for safety when the group invaded the store.
Videos posted by onlookers on X, the site formally known as Twitter, show a terrifying scene with small shelves littering the floor, as men run through the store holding bags that they've stuffed full of clothing and other items. Most of them managed to escape through the large glass door with no one able to stop them.
It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured. No arrests were reported.
Investigators are still working to calculate the total cost of the items that were stolen.
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