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Dozens of looters descended on a mall in Minnesota and brazenly marched through two Best Buy locations, taking whatever they liked with them off the shelves.

One incident occurred near the Burnsville mall in suburban Minneapolis with about 12 people rushing in to steal items, while a second incident occurred in Maplewood - about 25 miles northeast - on Friday night with a larger group of 30 people looting electronics.

Both incidents occurred at around the same time and police are looking to see if they are connected in any way. 

It is the latest in 'flash mob' thievery organized crime incidents, as California is grappling with a slew of 'smash-and-grab' heists, especially at luxury stores.

At least 30 people headed into a Best Buy store in Burnsville, Minnesota, pictured, on Black Friday at around 8pm and stole electronics, 15 miles south of Minneapolis

A second Best Buy, 25 miles away, was also raised on Friday with around 12 people heading into the store in the city of Maplewood, pictured,

Two Best Buy's 25 miles apart in the Minneapolis suburbs were subjected to flash mob looting

 

Local police have not said how much merchandise was stolen but noted that those involved in the heist did not use any weapons as they took TVs, tablets and hoverboards away with them

Local police have not said how much merchandise was stolen but noted that those involved in the heist did not use any weapons as they took TVs, tablets and hoverboards away with them.

'A lot of crazy theft stuff going on. Not good,' Best Buy shopper Sean Misgen told CBS News at the store in Maplewood. 'Especially with the car theft going on and all that sort of thing, you gotta be careful.' 

'I wouldn't feel good if I were here and that was happening as I'm there, seeing people run out with stuff,' said another shopper Betiana Romero. 

'I'm not worried about me in general. If people come in and rob the store, they're going to take stuff not me. I'll just do what I need to do,' added shopper Lao Yang. 

By the time police arrived at both locations, the suspects had long since vanished. 

'We can't tolerate that kind of behavior. Just as a society, we just can't,' Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher said.

Best Buy issued a statement saying: 'As an industry we are working with local law enforcement and taking additional security precautions where it makes sense.'  

In Los Angeles, a gang of eight robbers fled the scene in 10 getaway cars on Black Friday as they robbed a Home Depot

Earlier in the week, so-called 'smash-and-grab' gangs struck a Nordstrom in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, snatching $25,000 of high-end luxury goods and bear spraying a security guard in the process. 

Nordstrom was also targeted by flash mob thieves who raided a branch of the department store in Walnut Creek, east of San Francisco.

On that occasion, more than 90 looters could be seen entering the store and making off with good within a matter of minutes. 

Police described the incident as 'organized theft' noting that it was 'clearly a planned event.'

One day earlier, people looted and ransacked stores in San Francisco's Union Square, including the designer stores of Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.

In Lakewood, California, eight people headed into a Home Depot store to steal tools. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department say the thieves 'selected various hammers, sledgehammers and crowbars approximate value of 400 dollars.'

Police were able to pursue one of the getaway cars, which had fled onto the 110 Freeway

A group of about 40 to 50 teenage shoplifters made off with an unknown amount of jewelry and other items in Hayward, California, last Sunday. Experts and officials say national crime networks are behind many of the 'smash-and-grab ' operations 

Los Angeles police say at least 20 people used sledgehammers to break the glass at a Nordstrom on Monday night and ransack its shelves before fleeing

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Brooklyn Nets sharpshooter Joe Harris led the NBA in three-point percentage last season. The Nets starter had struggled for the first few games of this season. But he was starting to find his groove after his shooting slump from last year’s playoffs seemed to have a carryover effect. However, Harris has not played since suffering an ankle injury on November 12 that required him to have in-season surgery. And to this point, the Nets starter does not have a return date in sight. As much as the Nets would like to keep their sharpshooter, things may get interesting around February’s trade deadline.

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Joe Harris, Nic Claxton Could Be On the Move for Right Price

The Nets held the top spot in the Eastern Conference for most of the season. But Brooklyn has dropped to 4th place after losing their last two games. With the rumors swirling about James Harden’s frustration with the team, and the trade deadline approaching, now is a pivotal time for the Nets to make a move to bolster their roster. According to Mike A. Scott of HoopsHype they have already taken calls on two of their key players in hopes of landing a star.

“The Nets have gotten calls on Joe Harris and Nicolas Claxton, but I don’t expect those guys to be moved unless they’re packaged for a star or really high-caliber starter,” Scotto writes per HoopsHype.

Bruce Brown, Jevon Carter Also Being Shopped

Scotto also says that the Nets could look to trade two of their other role players in Jevon Carter and Bruce Brown. After being key role players at the start of the season, the two reserves have slowly fallen out of the rotation.

“Keep an eye on Bruce Brown as a trade chip too. His role and minutes have fluctuated at times with Brooklyn this season. Jevon Carter is also another name to watch. He’s fallen out of Brooklyn’s rotation, and he’s available on the trade market,” Scotto writes.

Nets Won’t Let Paul Millsap Go For Cheap

Nets veteran forward Paul Millsap will be 37 years old in February. And despite being a 16-year veteran, he still believes he can be a contributing player and wants a bigger role than the one he has now with Brooklyn. As a result, he and the Nets have mutually agreed to part ways per Shams Charania of “The Athletic”. But despite their agreement on a split with the former Denver Nugget, Scotto says that Brooklyn won’t part ways with Millsap for cheap.

“Brooklyn wants an asset of some kind for Paul Millsap, whether it’s another veteran who can help them win now or a future second-round pick, I’m told,” Scotto continued.

Forward Paul Millsap and the Brooklyn Nets have agreed to find the four-time All-Star a new team where he can have a greater contribution, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 21, 2022

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One of the reasons that the Nets are so willing to part ways with Millsap could be the emergence of rookie Kessler Edwards, who has proven to be a worthy rotation player this season. Scotto says that the Nets are looking to convert Edwards’ two-way contract into a standard NBA deal after the trade deadline.

“The Nets hit on drafting Kessler Edwards in the second round of the draft, and he’s a name to watch for his two-way deal being converted into a standard NBA contract following the trade deadline and buyout market,” Scotto said.

With the trade deadline just two weeks away, the Nets are looking to be buyers. It will be interesting to see what moves they pull off to strengthen their roster for a playoff run.

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