ARLETA, SAN FERNANDO VALLEY (KABC) -- Police are searching for several suspects who used a stolen vehicle to crash into a clothing store in Arleta before robbing the shop and taking off.
Officers responded to the strip mall on Woodman Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. They found a truck smashed into the front of the New Star clothing store, but the suspects had already fled the scene in another stolen vehicle.
Authorities say among the items stolen were custom jewelry and clothing. An estimated value for the stolen merchandise was not provided.
"It's just sad because it getting to be an every day thing for us," said Arleta Neighborhood Council Vice President Jaime Gallow, who blames cases like this on a lack of strict law enforcement that he says practically encourages people to commit crimes.
"We feel like criminals have more rights than we do," he said.
Investigators said they obtained surveillance video of the smash-and-grab and are reviewing it to search for more clues.
"Crime is on the rise. The same thing can happen to you as you're walking to your car. So we all could be victims," said Gallow. "We advise people to be careful and be aware of their surroundings."