“RIP Beverly Hills”
Luxury stores are leaving America’s most well-known zip code because of the smash-and-grab gang robberies in Los Angeles.
Leslie has tried to keep up with all the robberies:
- Flash Mob Thefts Spread through California and Hit Minnesota
- Smash & Grab on Wheels: Thieves Crash Car into Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus
- In DA George Gascón’s L.A., “Smash and Grab” Morphs Into “Slash and Dash”
“Nostalgic Angelino” @cody90210 uploads videos of Beverly Hills becoming a ghost town.
A few left because of bankruptcy, but most closed because of the crime wave.
Cody also mourned the loss of small businesses:
Videos posted on Tik ToK by self-proclaimed “Nostalgic Angelino” cody90210 show off more than a dozen Beverly Hills retailers and restaurants now completely shuttered and not replaced by new businesses, leaving their empty storefronts as a shell of their former glory.
Some of the businesses include luxury staples like Barneys New York and Escada, with the once-popular brands having filed for bankruptcy in recent years.
Other big name stores now lying empty include former locations for Chanel, Rite Aid, Barnes and Noble, Niketown, and restaurants like Chipotle and Starbucks.
@cody90210 RIP Beverly Hills #recessioncore #highrent #forleaselosangeles #beverlyhills #losangeles #niketown #brooksbrothers #escada #chiptole #indochino #usbank #barneysnewyork ♬ Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
@cody90210 RIP West Hollywood, youll bever be the same 😭 #recessioncore #recession2023 #politicaltiktok #losangeles #westhollywood #rentcrisis #rentcrisis2023 #pump #sur #subway #starbucks #sprouts #24hrfitness #powerzone #capitalism #consumerism #corporatism #corporatismisnotcapitalism #homelessness #homelesscrisis #greed #greedylandlord #bidenomics #clownworld ♬ What Hurts The Most – Rascal Flatts
@cody90210 RIP small businesses #losangeles #beverlygrove #beverlyhills #recessioncore #recession2023 #economy #smallbusiness #foreclosure #forleaselosangeles #kmart ♬ Beautiful – Christina Aguilera
@cody90210 Its giving Recesion Core #santamonica #thirdstreetpromenade #thirdstreet #losangeles #recession2023 #recessioncore #bailout ♬ Love – Live From The Village – Keyshia Cole
Cops blamed organized crime and zero cash bail for the rise in crime, especially these robberies.
The comments came after 50 people stole items totaling $300,000 from a Los Angeles mall. The people also used bear spray to get past security guards:
“There’s no doubt that there’s a lot of … criminal organizations behind this. Some of it involves gang members; some of it involves people that are what you would identify as professional retail thieves,” Deputy Los Angeles Police Chief Alan Hamilton told NBC News on Sunday. “It runs the gamut, and there is a black market for purchasing these items, unfortunately. … The same people [are] then turning around and committing these acts again, over and over again.”
Thirty to 50 people converged on the Nordstrom store at the Westfield Topanga Mall in Woodland Hills, police said. They made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of luxury handbags and high-end clothing, police said. The call of “numerous persons shoplifting,” police said, came shortly after 4 p.m.
“More than 30 people entered the store at once and within minutes grabbed more than $300,000 worth of merchandise from displays near the entrance. The suspects ran from the store, ransacking shelves and display tables in the process,” police said in a statement Monday. “The suspects were wearing ski masks and fled with high-end handbags, clothing, and other easily re-sellable items. One suspect, upon entering the store, sprayed bear spray on the face and body of the security guard at the entrance to the store.”
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