- A group of brazen thieves walked away with armfuls of PlayStation 5s from a Best Buy without being challenged
- Five thieves strolled into the store and immediately headed towards the display of Sony video game consoles that were near the front.
- The criminals were seen bending down towards the display area and picking up 14 PlayStations worth $7,000
A group of brazen thieves walked away with armfuls of PlayStation 5s from a Best Buy without being challenged.
Video captured the moment the criminals strolled into the store and immediately headed towards the display of Sony consoles near the front. The video has been viewed more than 200,000 on social media platform X.
The five thieves were seen bending down towards the display area and picking up 14 PlayStations worth a total of $7,000.
But the BestBuy employees could do little to prevent the theft and just recorded their faces as the brazen thieves walked out of the store.
A group of brazen thieves walked away with armfuls of PlayStation 5s from a Best Buy without being challenged
The criminals strolled into the store and immediately headed towards the display of Sony consoles near the front
The clip shows the group crouching where the display of PlayStation 5s was located and grabbing the machines. One man is seen holding one console in each arm while the thief in front of him is carrying a stack of three.
Another thief is seen picking up a third PlayStation while a man, who is kneeling on the floor, organizes a stack to rush out of the store holding.
The suspects quickly get up and walk out of the door in full view of the Best Buy employees who can just watch and stare.
A woman who is part of the crew of thieves is the last to follow as she struggles to sort her stack of PlayStations.
She is seen carrying three in her arms as well as a bag on her shoulder that contains another console.
The woman walks past a worker who gets out of her way on the way to the exit.
‘Man, what the f*** is wrong with these s***,’ the person recording is heard saying. ‘That’s crazy.’
It is not clear which BestBuy store the incident occurred in and DailyMail.com has contacted the electronics retailer for comment.
Shoplifting has reached unprecedented levels across America with brazen thieves strolling out of stores with their arms full of stolen goods.
The National Retail Federation said that the scourge – which grew worse during the pandemic – cost the industry almost $100billion in 2022.
Video was captured of the incident and posted on the social media platform X on Tuesday and viewed more than 200,000 times
The thieves quickly get up and walk out of the door in full view of the Best Buy employees who can just watch and stare
David Johnston, who represents the organization, said: ‘These acts are occurring more openly and thieves have become more brazen and aggressive in stealing merchandise.
The country’s shoplifting capital is Los Angeles that had the highest rate of ‘organized retail crime’ for the fifth consecutive year in 2022.
The research contains insights from 177 brands which accounted for $1.6 trillion in annual sales in the US in 2022.
San Francisco came in second place and was followed by Houston, New York City, Seattle and Atlanta.
Sacramento and Chicago came in joint seventh place. The top ten was rounded out by Denver, Miami and Albuquerque, which were all tied.
Retailers have always been vulnerable to shopliftings but there has recently been an emergence of coordinated and organized robberies at stores.
The report confirms that the trend is largely being driven by major metro areas. The top five locations are also Democrat-led areas.
It has led to a drastic pushback from stores, with the likes of Target and CVS locking up their products to deter shoplifters.