Los Angeles: Shameless Sephora robbers empty shelves, fill trash bags in front of shoppers


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A trio of robbers at a Sephora store in Los Angeles were caught on video piling beauty products into black trash bags in front of other shoppers before fleeing the scene, a video online appears to show.

Shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, TikTok user Jessica Ortiz said she was shopping at the beauty retail store when she heard a loud sound and witnessed the robbery unfolding. She reacted quickly enough to pull out her phone and record the incident.

Shoplifters steal from a Sephora store in Los Angeles. 

Shoplifters steal from a Sephora store in Los Angeles. 
(Jessica Ortiz/@jessleetv)

“I was just trying to pick out a concealer then heard a BANG,” Ortiz said in a subsequent video post.

The video appears to show three individuals all wearing hoodie sweatshirts to block their identities, emptying the shelves of their supplies.

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The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed they received multiple calls for robberies at the Los Cerritos Center Saturday evening. Robberies first took place in a Forever 21 store before the assailants made their way to the Sephora, police said.

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Thieves steal items off a shelves at Sephora beauty store in Los Angeles.

Thieves steal items off a shelves at Sephora beauty store in Los Angeles.

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The suspects in the video ended their heist by fleeing the scene.

Brazen thefts have increased in Los Angeles and have become a concern to law enforcement as thieves often target unsuspecting victims, even in broad daylight.

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