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White House says federal law enforcement talking to local officials about smash and grab robberies

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By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Biden administration has been in contact with federal law enforcement officials over a string of flash mob "smash and grab" robberies of U.S. retail stores, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday.

"The Justice Department, the FBI and federal law enforcement has been in touch, in contact with jurisdictions where we have seen this high level of retail theft," Psaki said.

A wave of "smash-and-grab" crimes is plaguing upscale stores in major U.S. cities, with mobs of thieves making off with expensive goods in brazen raids. The cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles have seen a several high-profile robberies.

Psaki noted that federal officials have lent assistance to local authorities in those Californian cities.

White House says federal law enforcement talking to local officials about smash and grab robberies
 

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Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Dec 03, 2021 5:08PM ET
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The solution is simple. Treat this like organized crime and include propety damage and any felonies to convict the entire group.
John Laurens
John Laurens Dec 03, 2021 4:54PM ET
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buuut why.. those poor folks are just trying to buy some bread. Annnd, isn't that what insurance is for? I'm sure other quality retailers are planning expansions in those peaceful democrat cities..
 
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