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LA authorities announce arrests in smash-and-grab robberies

Michel Moore, Eric Garcetti
Posted at 7:30 PM, Dec 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-02 22:30:06-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities in Los Angeles announced more than a dozen arrests in recent smash-and-grab thefts at stores where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen.

The robberies are part of a rash of organized retail crime in California.

Police Chief Michel Moore said Thursday that 14 people were arrested in connection with 11 brazen robberies.

At a news conference, both Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti called for an end to a no-bail policy for some defendants aimed at reducing overcrowding at jails during the coronavirus outbreak.

Garcetti said with the pandemic easing, it’s time to make room in lockups.