Suspects quizzed over California flash mob robbery

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Three people suspected of being part of a robbery flash mob were being questioned on Tuesday, the latest in a series of violent thefts in California involving sometimes dozens of people.

At least 20 raiders in four cars took part in a smash-and-grab at a Los Angeles department store on Monday evening, taking a sledgehammer to the display window and loading up on men’s clothing.

As police arrived the group split up, with one vehicle leading officers on a high-speed chase along the city’s freeways, which ended with a foot pursuit and the arrest of the three.

The robbery followed two similar attempts to smash through the windows of the Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue stores in swanky Beverly Hills on Sunday.

Police said those raids were unsuccessful.

On Saturday, an 80-strong gang swarmed a department store in Walnut Creek near San Francisco, scooping up armsful of clothes and bags.