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

A group of women stole more than $20,000 worth of sunglasses from a Valencia store.
April 11, 2014 4:15:01 AM PDT
Los Angeles County sheriffs released surveillance video in hopes of tracking down a group of women who stole more than $20,000 worth of sunglasses using a flash mob-like technique from a Valencia store.

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).