For the second time in three months, suspected thieves crashed a van into the same Chanel store in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The suspects were unable to steal anything in the latest incident, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
At least two male suspects crashed a stolen van into the store early Tuesday, the LAPD said. The crash happened at 2:45 a.m. in the 180 block of South Robertson Boulevard, LAPD spokesman Warren Moore said.
Two men – one wearing a white mask and yellow jacket and the other in a blue or black hoodie – were confronted by the armed security guard inside the store. The suspects fled north on Robertson on foot, Moore said. It is not known whether they were adults or minors. Police also don’t know if the incident was gang-related.
Authorities said they arrived at the scene and believe there may have been more suspects inside the scene. After establishing a perimeter and calling in reinforcements, they discovered that no one else was inside the store. The number of suspects will be determined by investigation and surveillance video, Moore said.
Officers recovered a suspect’s hat and stolen goods from the store that were deposited at the scene, Moore said. The police did not disclose the value of the stolen goods. The stolen van has been seized, police said.
A similar incident occurred on July 20, when six to eight suspects robbed the Chanel store after using a stolen van to ram the entrance, according to Lt. Gus Barrientos. Approximately $60,000 worth of merchandise was stolen. A man has been identified and arrested in connection with the incident, charged with burglary and released on his own recognizance, Barrientos said.
Moore said he could not confirm whether Tuesday’s incident was related to the previous one, or whether it involved the same suspects.
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