'Flash mob' women steal $20,000 of sunglasses, merchandise

VALENCIA, CA

A group of at least eight women gathered around display cases and shoved several sunglasses and other merchandise into their bags at about 2:50 p.m. March 29 in the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

The store clerk quickly realized what was happening and dialed 911, detectives said.

Josh Dubin, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, called the incident a very "brazen" theft that occurred in broad daylight.

The women were between 18 and 25 years old and may have gotten into a dark-colored SUV-type vehicle, Dubin said.

Anyone with information about this crime should call Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

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