A wave of looting at luxury stores in California: three people arrested who were part of a violent lightning robbery.

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Authorities believe the assaults are organized by complex criminal networks that recruit young people to steal merchandise and then sell it online.

Several thieves broke the windows of a department store in a luxury shopping center in Los Angeles just days after similar robberies against high-end stores in the San Francisco Bay area.

The latest in a nationwide wave of robberies and theft, the incident targeted a Nordstrom store in The Grove shopping and entertainment complex.

On Tuesday morning, several workers used black plywood to cover a large window at the Nordstrom store as security guards moved in and out. Shoppers, meanwhile, kept coming into business with Thanksgiving and Black Friday, which mark the start of America's best-selling season of the year, a few days away.

The thieves attacked around 10:40 p.m. Monday, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Drake Madison said. He said that the police followed a truck involved in the robbery and that three people were arrested at the end of the chase in South Los Angeles. The number of people involved in the assault is unknown, Madison said.

Similar robberies occurred in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beverly Hills over the weekend. On Saturday, about 80 armed people razed another store in Walnut Creek, near San Francisco, taking clothes and purses.

Groups of thieves, some with pry bars and hammers, smashed shop windows and windows, and openly looted luxury stores throughout the area. They stole jewelry, sunglasses, suitcases, and other luxury goods before fleeing in, waiting for cars with the engine running. Videos on social media show masked men leaving a Louis Vuitton store with what appears to be stolen merchandise and officers arresting a man while others escape.

Authorities believe the robberies were organized by complex criminal networks that primarily recruit young people to steal merchandise from stores across the country and sell it online.

Experts and law enforcement officials say thefts are increasing as the holiday shopping season progresses.

According to a recent survey by the National Retail Federation (an organization of retailers in the United States), stores have reported increased organized robberies, and thieves are becoming more daring.

Electronics chain Best Buy cited a wave of organized theft on Tuesday as one reason its gross profit margin declined in the third quarter.

Despite the scale of the robberies, statistics from the California Department of Justice show that crime in the state is at historically low levels. However, reports suggest that assaults have increased in 2021 compared to the previous year when restrictions from the pandemic are believed to have reduced several categories of crime.