Flash Rob: Smash-and-Grab at Westfield Topanga Nordstrom NR23237mp

August 14, 2023

Canoga Park, CA: On August 12, 2023, just after 4:00 p.m., a “Flash Rob” style theft occurred at the Nordstrom store in Westfield Topanga Shopping Center, located at 21725 Victory Boulevard. More than 30 people entered the store at once and within minutes grabbed more than $300,000 worth of merchandise from displays near the entrance. The suspects ran from the store, ransacking shelves and display tables in the process. The suspects were wearing ski masks and fled with high-end handbags, clothing, and other easily re-sellable items. One suspect, upon entering the store, sprayed bear spray on the face and body of the security guard at the entrance to the store.

As we continue to identify the suspects, anyone with information about this or other similar incidents is asked to call Commercial Crimes Division, Organized Retail Crime Section, Detective Santander at (818) 374-9420. During non-business hours or on the weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). If you wish to submit videos or information about the incident via e-mail, send the information to ORC@lapd.online. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-2228477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local