The wave of armed robberies in Los Angeles traveled to Rancho Dominguez this week, where authorities say money, jewelry and other items were taken during the Del Amo Swap Meet.
The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Deputy Grace Medrano of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Video provided to The Times showed several people fleeing with goods amid broken glass and howling alarms.
The witness who filmed the video said that there were several people shopping at the time of the theft and that the thieves “pretended to fight” to distract the security guards before smashing the window and grabbing them. objects.
“People were afraid [and] fleeing because the broken glass looked like gunshots, ”said the witness, who asked to remain anonymous.
Two workers were pushed to the ground, but it is not clear whether they were injured, the witness said, adding that the thieves had several cars waiting outside with their engines running.
A representative for Swap Meet did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Medrano said two suspects were in custody and authorities were looking for at least five more, but provided no further details or descriptions.
The incident follows a series of armed robberies at Los Angeles stores, including a Nordstrom at Grove Mall, a Home Depot in Lakewood, and a Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills.
Four storefronts in Burbank were smashed before dawn on Friday.
Other videos of the Del Amo Swap Meet incident have proliferated on social media, with a Reddit post racking up more than 1,200 comments.
“Terrible,” wrote one person. “These are mommy n pop small businesses in this.”