Storefront windows near the Rodeo Drive shopping area in Beverly Hills were shattered Sunday in two apparent smash-and-grab burglary attempts.
Officers responded to the Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue stores shortly after midnight. The attempted break-ins were reported in the 200 block of North Rodeo Drive and the 9600 block of Wilshire Boulevard.
Nothing was taken and no one entered the stores, police said.
“Our businesses have been prepared since the May riots a year and a half ago. Most have glass that’s darn near impossible to break - obviously that’s what these guys found out Saturday night," President and CEO of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Todd Johnson said.
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Detailed descriptions of the individuals involved were not immediately available.
The cases were reported following a series of smash-and-grab heists Friday and Saturday in the Bay Area.
Coordinated mobs as large as 80 people rushed into nine luxury stores in San Francisco and Walnut Creek, running off with whatever they could get their hands on. Five Bay Area store employees were injured and at least eight people were arrested - two of them at gunpoint.
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Beverly Hills merchant Association President Kathy Gohari happened to be in San Francisco and witnessed the robberies, only to return home to learn another group tried the same thing here on Rodeo Drive where she works.
"They’re not welcome here. We’re ready for them," Gohari said.