Packs of Young Robbers Hit LA Last Night: Police
They're not believed to be connected to Zimmerman protests
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 17, 2013 10:28 AM CDT
Police believe the robbers previously participated in protests over George Zimmerman's acquittal, like this one, but don't believe their crimes are related to them.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

(Newser) – A dozen people—all but one of them juveniles—were arrested in Hollywood last night in what, based on the LA Times' supercharged description, was a pretty apocalyptic scene. The streets were filled with "marauding bands of youths," who roamed about robbing tourists and storefronts, assaulting people at random, and committing acts of violence, the paper reports. These "packs of young people," as the paper describes them, victimized at least four people, and took one business's entire cash register.

Police believe there were as many as 50 robbers out there, and they deployed more than 110 officers to deal with them. Police say they don't believe the crimes are related to the roiling George Zimmerman protests, though they suspect some were involved in the violent looting that broke out around them. "They were not engaged in any kind of protest," a police sergeant said. "I think this specific group came up to riot and cause problems."

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LetUsBe
Jul 18, 2013 7:58 PM CDT
ABSOLUTELY connected to Martin/Zimerman case! These "juveniles" would not have done these things en mass if they weren't riding the coat-tails of the case as an excuse to loot, violate, hurt, and rob people and businesses.
tiffany_XZ
Jul 18, 2013 5:37 PM CDT
Lock and load.... shoot, don't ask any questions.
clstans
Jul 18, 2013 11:01 AM CDT
They need to just start shooting the little punks. They look for any excuse to loot and vandalize and then expect respect it does not work that way. I wish I owned a shop in Cali, I would sit in the back and pick them off one by one as they came in.