A citywide tactical alert has been lifted through the majority of the city Saturday following a “smash-and-grab” robbery at a high-end store in the Melrose area, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
A large group entered the Bottega Veneta store at 8445 Melrose Place — near Croft Avenue and the border with West Hollywood — and stole an unknown amount of items before fleeing, KCAL9 reported about 8:20 p.m. Friday.
KCAL9 also reported pepper spray was used during the robbery, but the LAPD could not be reached for details.
This was among the latest in a series of so-called flash mob-style robberies in the Los Angeles area during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. KCAL 9 reported that six smash-and-grab robberies took place in the Fairfax District, Beverly Grove and Hancock Park Friday.
The LAPD defines a tactical alert as enabling all available officers to respond to a criminal incident if necessary.