Security guard assaulted with bear spray; LAPD reports 'smash and grab' robberies at Topanga Mall, Beverly Hills

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LOS ANGELES COUNTY (KNX) — Beverly Hills and Canoga Park are the latest on a long list of smash-and-grab thefts in Southern California this holiday season.

Wednesday night, several suspects hit several stores in the 8500 block of Beverly Boulevard around the same time that an organized group attempted used bear spray to hold off a security guard at the Westfield Topanga Mall Nordstrom, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Deputy Chief Alen Hamilton said the theft at the mall happened despite an increased number of patrols.

'We've deployed extra officers here. It just so happens this was one part of the mall they were able to get in and get out even with our officers being deployed here," Hamilton said.

In Beverly Hills, LAPD said several suspects ran into multiple stores — grabbing merchandise then running out without paying for the stolen goods.

"It's unfortunate because the people that are here are just trying to shop for the holidays, shop for their families," Hamilton said.

Both incidents follow a smash and grab at the Nordstom at the Grove. In that incident last week, the bandits reportedly fled the scene in at least four different vehicles, leading police on a chase through South Los Angeles via the 10 and 110 freeways.

These crimes aren't just limited to L-A. Police in the Bay Area say tens of thousands of dollars worth of goods have been stolen from high-end stores in San Francisco, Santa Rosa and Palo Alto.

LAPD says it will step up its high-visibility patrols around popular shopping areas and direct additional resources to the areas to try and prevent more smash-and-grab thefts.

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