20-30 Thieves Ransack Minnesota Best Buy Store on Black Friday as Mass Robberies Spread

Police in Minnesota said that a group of as many as 30 people entered a Best Buy store Friday and stole electronics before law enforcement arrived on the scene.

The Best Buy store is located in Burnsville, Minnesota, and the reported theft occurred around 8 p.m.

"A group of 20-30 people reportedly entered the open Best Buy and stole electronics. The group fled prior to officers arriving," the Burnsville Police Department wrote in a Saturday news release that was sent to Newsweek.

"There were no weapons displayed and no one was injured. No one is in custody and the investigation is ongoing. It is currently unknown exactly what or how much was taken," it said.

The news of the theft was first reported by CBS Minnesota, which added that another Best Buy in the area—a location in Maplewood, Minnesota—was also robbed on Black Friday. Six people reportedly took part in the theft of that store and then fled in vehicles.

Friday's incidents come as mass robberies have become a frequent occurrence across the U.S. On Tuesday, Best Buy said that organized theft was impacting the company's bottom line.

"We are definitely seeing more and more particularly organized retail crime and incidents of shrink in our locations," Best Buy CEO Corie Barry told analysts during a conference call Tuesday.

"This is a real issue that hurts and scares real people."

Police in Walnut Creek, California, said that on November 20, approximately 80 people entered a Nordstrom store and stole merchandise. A video of the incident that went viral shows looters heading to cars with bags. Police called the incident an "organized theft" and said it was "clearly a planned event."

Just the day before, California's Bay Area saw another major theft when people looted and ransacked stores in the city's Union Square, including Louis Vuitton and Yves Saint Laurent.

In addition to the Minnesota Best Buy robberies, other retailers were targeted by thieves on Black Friday. In Lakewood, California, eight people walked into a Home Depot store and stole tools, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The department said that the thieves "selected various hammers, sledgehammers and crowbars approximate value of 400 dollars."

"The suspect(s) were then seen exiting the store with the selected items and possibly entering a red in color Mercedes Benz with severe damage to the front of the vehicle."

The department's statement said there were other vehicles present at the parking lot during the time of the incident, but it is unknown if they were part of the robbery.

Best Buy robbery on Black Friday
Police in Minnesota said that a group of as many as 30 people entered a Best Buy store Friday evening and stole electronics before law enforcement arrived on the scene. Above, a Best Buy store is seen boarded up on June 8, 2020 after rampant open looting and vandalism in New York. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images