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Video: Hooded mob robs Home Depot in broad daylight

Home Depot employees comfort one another outside the Dallas store after two officers and a civilian were shot by a man on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Tom Fox/Dallas Morning News/TNS)
September 01, 2023

Another mob robbery took place in California this week, as a group of individuals with dark face masks stole thousands of dollars worth of power tools from a Home Depot store.

Ian Miles Cheong, a social media influencer, shared a video of the Home Depot mob robbery.

“This is a Home Depot in California,” Cheong captioned the video. “How can anyone say with any sincerity that progressive policies aren’t a problem?”

According to Long Beach Post News, the Home Depot robbery on Spring Street in Signal Hill, California, appears to have taken place on Sunday. Signal Hill Police Department Lt. Kelli Crigler told Long Beach Post News that police officers were dispatched to Home Depot at roughly 6:03 p.m. on Sunday.

The information recorded by the police officers noted the involvement of “approximately seven unknown males, who stole approximately $5,000 worth of power tools.”

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The video footage captured by bystanders shows the unidentified males dressed in black and gray hoodies with face masks. The suspects appear to have stolen Milwaukee brand power tools by quickly loading them into shopping carts or carrying stacks of the tools out of the front of the store.

The video also shows two Home Depot employees near the scene of the crime. In the video, the employees seem to be unsure of how to respond to the mob robbery incident.

Several similar robberies have occurred in Southern California in recent weeks. Earlier this month, a mob stole shoes from a Nike store in East Los Angeles. Additionally, last week, a mob raided a Macy’s store in Sherman Oaks.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has announced the creation of a retail theft task force to address skyrocketing crime in the area.

“No Angeleno should feel like it’s unsafe to go shopping and no Angelenos should feel like it’s unsafe to open a business in Los Angeles or Los Angeles County,” Bass said. “This task force will aggressively investigate these incidents and hold individuals that are responsible for these crimes fully accountable.”

Additionally, Long Beach Post News reported that while Signal Hill and Long Beach are not a part of the mayor’s task force, the Long Beach Police Department developed a task force earlier this year to address commercial robberies.