September 19, 2021

Brazen shoplifters walk out of Granada Hills TJ Maxx with armfuls of stolen merchandise

GRANADA HILLS, Calif. — A bystander’s viral video reveals two shoplifters casually strolling out of a Granada Hills TJ Maxx retailer in broad daylight, carrying armfuls of stolen merchandise.

The footage was posted on social media by Instagram consumer @inflnzr, who mentioned the incident occurred on Saturday.

“I kept my distance for safety reasons,” the one that recorded the video, who declined to be recognized publicly, instructed our sister station KABC-TV. “My focus was to get a license plate number, but when I lost them behind the SUV. I had to hold back a bit, just in case they were waiting for me. Unfortunately they were able to get into their vehicle parked at a distance and drive away.”

The 80-second clip begins with one suspect, sporting a purple hoodie, strolling out of the shop’s entrance entrance carrying at the very least half a dozen pairs of pants — all of them nonetheless on hangers — below every arm. He’s adopted by an obvious confederate, who’s holding a pile of clothes with his fingers and carrying an enormous tote bag on his again.

Nobody makes an attempt to cease the shoplifters as they exit the TJ Maxx and head to the parking zone exterior.

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“What’s up guys?” says the person behind the digital camera, who follows them. “I want to see how far you guys get.” He then data their automotive because it drives away.

No arrests have been introduced in connection with the crime. A Los Angeles Police Division spokesperson mentioned the company was conscious of the incident and {that a} report was taken.

TJ Maxx didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The theft occurred days earlier than Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a regulation geared toward curbing organized retail theft, which has been costing California companies thousands and thousands of {dollars} yearly.

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The regulation reestablishes the crime of organized retail theft, which lawmakers first created in 2018 however allowed to lapse as of July 1. Prosecutors can once more search to cost the crime as both a misdemeanor or a felony. It applies to those that work with others to steal merchandise both from brick-and-mortar shops or on-line, with the intent to promote or return the merchandise.

The laws additionally applies to somebody who works with others to obtain stolen merchandise, those that steal for others as half of an organized theft ring or individuals who do the recruiting or organizing for the theft ring.

The rings have turn out to be bolder lately, officers mentioned, and movies of their smash-and-grabs have gone viral.

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Newsom signed the regulation at a retailer in Lengthy Seaside, surrounded by a number of mayors and regulation enforcement officers.

Nonetheless, police businesses in California must contend with native prosecutors, who determine whether or not to cost an offender with a misdemeanor or felony, if in any respect. Progressive district attorneys comparable to these in San Francisco and Los Angeles have pledged to keep away from stiff penalties, sentencing enhancements and incarceration for sure crimes.

The Related Press contributed to this report.