LOS ANGELES – Authorities Thursday sought the public’s help to help find the members of a “flash mob” of looters who swarmed into a 7-Eleven store in the Harbor Gateway area of Los Angeles as part of a street takeover earlier this week.
The incident occurred about 12:40 a.m. Monday at Figueroa Street and El Segundo Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“Motorists flooded the intersection and blocked traffic with their vehicles from all directions to create a `pit’ in the middle of the intersection,” police said in a statement. “During the incident, spectators exited their vehicles and watched as motorists recklessly drove in a maneuver known as `doing donuts.’
“The spectators then formed a `flash mob’ of looters and rushed a nearby 7-Eleven located at the northwest corner of Figueroa Street and El Segundo Boulevard,” police said.
“Video surveillance from the store showed the looters fanning out across the store and grabbing all the snacks, drinks, cigarettes, lotto tickets and other merchandise,” police said. “Looters also vandalized the store and threw merchandise at employees. The looters then exited the store to the surrounding parking lots and streets, and quickly dispersed before police arrived.”
Authorities said the incident occurred about an hour after a shooting during a street takeover in the 13400 block of Mettler Avenue in the Willowbrook area of the county that left a young man dead. The name of the victim has not been released.
Officers urged anyone with information on the case to call LAPD South Traffic Division detectives at 323-421-2500 or email STDdetectives@lapd.online. Tipsters may also call police at 877-LAPD-247, or Crime Stoppers at 800-222- TIPS.