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Video Shows High-End Retail Stores Now Shuttered Amid Los Angeles Crime Wave

Businesses are getting out of Beverly Hills as crime in the neighborhood skyrockets.

The wealthy city in Los Angeles is seeing big-name businesses shutter as smash-and-grab gang crimes make staying open nearly impossible.

In a video by TikTok user "Nostalgic Angelino," also known as cody90210, they show more than a dozen Beverly Hills businesses, including retailers and restaurants, closed, leaving buildings sitting idle with no new companies moving in.

Popular brands such as Barneys New York and Escada are among the businesses that have closed after filing for bankruptcy.

But the closures range from high-end stores like Chanel, to well known businesses like Rite Aid, Barnes and Noble, Niketown, Chipotle and Starbucks.

Brands including Saks Fifth, Hermès and Gucci were still in business and included in Nostalgic Angelino's "Best of Beverly Hills" compilation.

The smash-and-grab robberies have been so prevalent that Southern California law enforcement agencies have had to develop task forces focused solely on retail crime.

Such forces have been implemented at the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the U.S. Marshals Apprehension Task Force and the FBI Apprehension Task Force.

According to the New York Post, such task forces include 22 full-time investigators. The force was put together the same day a Los Angeles Macy's store was robbed by a clan of masked thieves in hoodies.

The crime wave has been overwhelming, with 9,455 burglaries reported in Los Angeles as of August 26. That's a less-than-3-percent drop from last year, but such crimes are still up 14 percent since 2021, according to the LAPD.

Police made at least nine such arrests since last week, including six robbers who were arrested at an East Los Angeles Nike store.


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