Last week, a gang robbed the Malibu Lumberyard retail mall in broad daylight of over half a million dollars’ worth of luxury items, bringing the mass looting phenomena to the rich celebrity refuge of Malibu, California.
On Tuesday, July 12, at 2:00 pm, a group of six Black suspects, both male and female, dressed in masks and hoodies, entered the Maxfield department store. The burglars forced their way past the security officer at the store and took armfuls of expensive designer handbags.
After sprinting across Cross Creek Road and out of the business, the team was observed getting into two different automobiles. No car’s license plate was seen. The security guard and a female employee sprinted outside the shop to pursue the suspects, but they managed to escape.
No one was hurt during the felony robbery, according to store employees. They were not permitted to discuss the issue, and they appeared disturbed by the heinous crime.
According to a Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station representative, the thieves may have stolen goods worth close to $500,000 in total. Similar crimes have recently been recorded in Westlake Village, which is within the jurisdiction of Lost Hills, as well as elsewhere in California.
Following the theft of expensive goods from Union Square establishments in San Francisco last November, widespread looting became a common occurrence. Later, the phenomena extended to Beverly Hills in Southern California and the East Bay’s suburbs. Other states have also been affected.
With Florida campaign ads and a recent trip to the White House, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is gaining national attention. However, voters are calling for the recall of local prosecutors, including Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, who Newsom appointed in San Francisco and endorsed in 2020.