6 accused of organized robberies in Twin Cities stores

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Six people have been charged with being among nearly 20 people who plotted and ambushed multiple outlets in the Twin Cities on Black Friday over Thanksgiving weekend, seizing thousands of dollars of goods in front of amazed buyers and employees.

“This brazen act by an organized group shocked those who witnessed it firsthand as well as the retail community and law-abiding shoppers who were shopping ahead of the busy holiday season,” the district attorney said Friday. Ramsey County, John Choi.

The Star Tribune reported that Best Buy stores in Burnsville, Blaine and Maplewood were targeted, along with a Dick’s Sporting Goods outlet in Richfield.

Televisions, tablets, a hoverboard and other electronics totaling more than $26,000 have been stolen with both hands from Best Buy stores. The charges did not specify the items or dollar amount linked to the thefts from Dick’s.

Crowd robberies also occurred elsewhere in major cities across the country in November. Several burglaries were reported in Chicago stores on Black Friday. Smash-and-grab incidents were reported earlier in the month at outlets of high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton in the San Francisco area. Walgreens has temporarily closed several of its pharmacies in San Francisco, citing “organized retail crime”.