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Burglars use truck to smash through Burbank storefront, steal $70K worth of merch

Police are searching for at least 10 people who were caught on video plowing a truck into a high-end store in Burbank and stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Magnolia Park, located at 3500 Magnolia Blvd.

The suspects used a pickup truck to ram into the front of the store, video shared with KTLA showed.

Before that, they almost took down a tree and moved a large concrete bench while attempting to drive into the store in reverse. It took several tries to crash into the store, with some suspects removing trash bins and directing the driver.

Eventually, the driver plowed through a scissor gate fence used for added security and 10 hooded suspects are seen barging into the store and taking anything they could grab.

In less than 10 minutes, they made out with hoodies, hats and other clothing that start at $100 each, but apparently have a much higher after-market value.

In the end, they got away with about $70,000 worth of merchandise.

“It seems like they had an idea of what they wanted to grab. They grabbed a lot of clothes and we carry a lot of premium items, things that typically sell out at retailers,” owner Miki Guerra said. “It was honestly, I would say, impressive that they were able to pull it off, especially at the size of their group.”

He added that his business was broken into three times in 2018 and made adjustments to his security system then.

The suspects drove away in several vehicles, eventually ditching the pickup, which was reported stolen out of Los Angeles, Burbank police said.

Authorities found the abandoned vehicle, but the suspects have not been apprehended.

Meanwhile, back at the store, cleanup has started on the trail of destruction left behind.

Guerra believes it will take several days to patch things up.

Police later said Thursday’s break-in is likely tied to another incident in Burbank that occurred the previous morning.

Around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Ring security cameras at F22 Studios, a video production rental house, caught a group of two dozen masked men trying to break into the building.

That video shared with KTLA shows the suspects trying to pry the entrance of a stage area of the building open with crowbars.

The suspects then ripped out a patch of wall insulation and were able to enter the building.

The video shows the masked men go inside before abruptly leaving after setting off an alarm.

It’s unclear if anything was stolen during Wednesday’s break in.


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