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Smash-and-grab targets another Nordstrom, LA police say

Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Los Angeles police arrested three people after they allegedly broke into a department store at The Grove shopping center Monday night, officials said.

Los Angeles Police Department officer Drake Madison told KABC-TV the suspects broke a window and entered the Nordstrom store around 11 p.m.

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The Los Angeles Times reported that surveillance footage from the scene showed that the thieves used a sledgehammer to break the window. Madison said they stole clothing and a cash register before leading police on a foot and car chase.

Officials arrested the suspects in South Los Angeles a few hours later.

The LAPD said another smash-and-grab took place at a CVS shortly before The Grove break-in. There, a group of six people stole $8,500 in cash and three cash registers.

The head of The Grove security told KNBC-TV the suspects didn't enter any other businesses at the shopping mall.

KNBC-TV and KTLA-TV reported that about 20 people participated in the crime, but police said it's unclear whether more people were involved.

Monday's is one of multiple large-scale smash-and-grabs that have taken place in California in recent days.

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Police in Walnut Creek, Calif., arrested three people Sunday after a group of about 80 broke into and ransacked a Nordstrom. Police in the San Francisco Bay Area community described the incident as "organized theft."

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