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Large group of thieves rob Best Buy in suburban Minneapolis

BURNSVILLE, Minn. — A group of 20 to 30 people robbed a Best Buy store in Minnesota, stealing numerous electronic items Friday night, authorities said.

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The robberies in the store, located in the Minneapolis suburb of Burnsville, occurred at about 8 p.m. CST, the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis reported.

The thefts were similar to several mass robberies that have been occurring across the U.S., where groups of people “swarm” a store, take items off shelves and flee.

The thieves at the Best Buy on Friday fled before police arrived, the Star-Tribune reported. An unspecified number of items were taken, KARE-TV reported.

According to Burnsville police Capt. Don Stenger, there were no injuries and there have been no arrests.

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“We don’t know exactly what was taken or the dollar value,” Stenger told reporters.

The incident comes after two “smash-and-grab” robberies at Nordstrom stores near San Francisco and in Los Angeles.

A Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco’s Union Square was ransacked by thieves last week, authorities said.

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On Friday, at least eight men entered a Home Depot store in Lakewood, California, and stole hammers, sledgehammers and crowbars.

The Best Buy robbery remains under investigation, WCCO reported.


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