A gang of robbers robbed a cosmetics business in the Philadelphia region of more than $20,000 in merchandise in broad daylight.
Five people wearing masks entered the business, stole what they could, and then fled the scene in a dark-colored vehicle within a minute. The incident occurred at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Ulta Beauty store in the Hamilton Crossings retail mall in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, roughly 60 miles north of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania State Police are presently investigating the incident, WFMZ 69 Lehigh Valley reported. They are questioning witnesses and checking CCTV footage.
“Five individuals went into the Ulta Beauty Store at Hamilton Crossings in Lower Macungie Township, went inside the building with bags and stole numerous merchandise,” said Trooper Nathan Branosky, public information officer for Pennsylvania State Police Troop M. “They fled the scene within 40 seconds of entering the store.”
Police are urging citizens to come forward with any information, and urging individuals to be vigilant while doing their holiday shopping. “Try to be the best witness you can, whether you’re inside the store or outside the store, but obviously be safe while doing so,” Branosky said.
Across the country, a series of “smash-and-grab” burglaries has occurred. On the Black Friday shopping holiday, stores in numerous states were attacked. On Friday, The Daily Wire reported, a Home Depot in Lakewood, California was robbed by a mob of between eight and twenty people between the ages of 15 and twenty. The criminals arrived in ten vehicles, dressed in ski masks, and took sledgehammers, hand hammers, and crowbars, raising worries that some of the tools might be used in future thefts. The heist was the latest in California, which has emerged as the hub of a countrywide crime wave.