As holidays near, ‘smash-and-grab’ robbers hit U.S. retailers

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By Julia Harte and Uday Sampath Kumar (Reuters) -A Nordstrom department store in a Los Angeles mall on Monday night became the latest target in a string of “smash-and-grab” robberies that have hit luxury retailers in California and Illinois as the holiday shopping season approaches. The Los Angeles Police Department said it had taken three suspects into custody. Local reports said as many as 20 people may have been involved in the break-in and theft. Law enforcement authorities say they are alarmed by the brazen nature of the burglaries — some involving dozens of people — which have targeted…

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