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California Jewelry Store Loses $500,000, Owner Assaulted September 03, 2023 (1 comment)


Pasadena, CA--In a smash-and-grab incident, three masked assailants armed with hammers pocketed around $500,000 worth of jewelry from "Jewels on Lake." They assaulted its owner, Sam Babikian, with pepper spray. The theft is the latest in a series of flash mob-style robberies unsettling Southern California.

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According to a New York Post report, the incident occurred around 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday. “As soon as I opened the door, I got pepper sprayed right in my eye, my throat, my mouth,” Babikian told local station KTLA, as per the report. “I couldn’t see anything. Then all I could hear was smashing and grabbing.”

The report noted that burglars shattered the shop's display cases and, within a mere three minutes, nearly emptied the store of its jewelry. Despite his ordeal, Babikian pressed a concealed panic button, alerting the police.

In the report, reflecting on the event with NBC4, Babikian expressed his distress: “I work so hard for this, all of my life… I’m concerned about my safety." 

"This is going on a lot," Babikian noted. "Hopefully, I will be the last one. That is my prayer.”

The report added that this incident is not isolated. A spate of such crimes has plagued the region. Notably, on August 24, Westfield Fashion Square's Macy's surveillance in Sherman Oaks captured nine individuals, presumably in their early 20s, emptying shelves in under two minutes. A Nordstrom Rack in Riverside was looted days before, marking its second robbery. On August 13, thieves raided a Nike store in East Los Angeles, escaping with bags brimming with merchandise.

The report highlighted that Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, in collaboration with LAPD officials, recently inaugurated a task force dedicated to addressing these flash mob robberies. This team has already recorded successes, apprehending 11 culprits from the aforementioned Nordstrom’s Westfield Topanga incident.

Learn more in the entire New York Post report.

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A task force may be all good and well, but Mayor Bass stop kidding yourself, until incarceration is reinstated, until you get rid of the “amazing” DA Gascon who’s science is so seriously flawed, NOTHING is going to change. Danger lies in every corner of the city. We have a complete law and order break down and nobody is taking it seriously. Everyone is just afraid of being ” cancelled”. All major cities in the U.S. are in a state of decay because law and order has been cancelled. When will the pendulum swing back the other way ? Nobody knows, only God.  It may be too late by then….......................

By Zorba on Sep 13th, 2023 at 2:37pm

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