Beverly Hills police chief blames rise in LA crime on woke bail laws

Beverly Hills’ police chief says LA’s woke bail reform laws are freeing the criminals behind a spate of recent luxury store smash-and-grabs to loot other businesses.   

Chief Mark Stainbrook was interviewed during a segment on Fox & Friends where he claimed the same criminals were being caught ‘over and over again’ despite increased security measures.

The spike in LA crime has largely been attributed to the recent rise in smash and grab crimes which has seen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods stolen from luxury stores. 

‘We’re catching the criminals and the problem is we’re catching them over and over again and they’re being released quickly without bail and they’re not staying in prison so we just take time to deal with the same people over and over again.’ 

LA is one of a number of liberal cities with the bail reform laws, which were brought in to stop people being held in jail for months or even years just because they couldn’t afford to pay their bail.

But critics of the reforms say they free criminals to reoffend, and often embolden them to carry out increasingly serious crimes, safe in the knowledge that they’ll likely avoid jail.  

Beverly Hills police chief Mark Stainbrook spoke out on Tuesday about the rise in Los Angeles crime in the midst of the surge of smash and grab cases which he is attributed to California’s liberal policies

Stainbrook said that these crimes were contributed by a ‘confluence’ of factors such as the state policies that were put in place by liberal voters. 

‘I think this is a confluence of about 10 years of laws and policymaking starting with Prop 47, then AB 109, and Prop 57 which essentially decriminalized many of the crimes in California,’ Stainbrook told the network. 

The bill Prop 57, which was approved by 65 percent of California state voters, had been passed in 2016 and called for non-violent criminals to be considered for parole after serving their sentence for their primary offense.  

He noted that that these laws and policies need to change to ensure that criminals remain off the streets.

According to recent statistics from the LAPD, the rate of robberies in Los Angeles have increased by 3.9 percent.

The spike in LA crime has largely been attributed to the recent rise in smash and grab crimes which has seen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods stolen from luxury stores

The spike in LA crime has largely been attributed to the recent rise in smash and grab crimes which has seen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods stolen from luxury stores

Last week, 14 people were arrested in connection with 11 of smash and grab robberies that were ongoing in the past month

Last week, 14 people were arrested in connection with 11 of smash and grab robberies that were ongoing in the past month 

Last week, 14 people were arrested in connection with 11 of smash and grab robberies that have been ongoing in the past month. 

During the period between November 18 and 28, retail shops such as Nordstrom,  Lululemon and a CVS pharmacy had been raided of $338,000 worth of goods as well as $40,000 worth of property damage.  

However, due to city’s zero-bail policies, the suspects were all released within hours of being handcuffed and are currently walking the streets while they wait for their cases to go to court. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also pointed out that the grace period for criminals needed to end as COVID had prevented certain groups of criminals, such as burglars, to be placed in jail.

‘There are people who need to be behind bars,’ Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times.

‘We have opened up a lot of the city because we’re in a better place with COVID. We should be able to also open up our jails, and we should be able to have judges that put people behind those bars as well.’

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also pointed out that the grace period for criminals needed to end as COVID had prevented certain groups of criminals, such as burglars, to be placed in jail

 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also pointed out that the grace period for criminals needed to end as COVID had prevented certain groups of criminals, such as burglars, to be placed in jail

District Attorney George Gascon was also recently slammed Eric Siddall, vice president of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District, for caring more about the rights of criminal suspects rather than the safety of LA citizens. 

‘If you look at the 14 people arrested, they could have been charged, there could have been bail amounts set, but none of that was done because the district attorney refuses to take a leadership position on this issue, Siddall said. 

Gascon, who has been backed by billionaire donor George Soros, has been slammed over his progressive policies such as allowing criminals to go free as they await their day in court.   

Other major US cities have also seen a spike in store break-ins, including Chicago and its suburbs, where more than a dozen suspects attacked a Louis Vuitton store last month and stole more than $120,000 worth of high-end clothing and other merchandise.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon was slammed over his progressive views which saw criminals fun free as they awaited their day in court

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon was slammed over his progressive views which saw criminals fun free as they awaited their day in court

Retailers lose about $65 billion each year to organized theft, the bulk stolen by professional thieves.

The National Retail Federation said a recent survey found stores are seeing an increase in organized thefts and perpetrators being more aggressive.    

Among the latest of the brazen of robberies in LA was a pair or robbers who cornered a mother with her baby on the driveway of her mansion as she waited for its electronic gates to close on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Police Department, which shared footage of the crime on Twitter, is asking for help finding the suspects who robbed the mother in broad daylight. 

The unidentified woman is seen in the video walking into her driveway with her infant in a stroller.

The two robbers walk past the home, then turn around and walk inside before the electronic gates could close. 

They then back the woman against the wall of her property, take a diaper bag off her back and grab a cooler from inside her stroller before fleeing in a car parked outside.

‘Fearing for her and her child’s safety, the victim complied’ with the thieves demands that she hand over her belongings, the LAPD wrote in its Twitter post.’   

LAPD footage revealed a hooded and masked man, believed to be in connection with the smash and grab robberies roaming around a Nordstrom's on November 24

LAPD footage revealed a hooded and masked man, believed to be in connection with the smash and grab robberies roaming around a Nordstrom’s on November 24

The suspect sprayed a security officer in the face and was said to be with five other suspects who had stolen $25,000 worth of handbags from the store

The suspect sprayed a security officer in the face and was said to be with five other suspects who had stolen $25,000 worth of handbags from the store

The attack came after, legendary music executive Clarence Avant’s wife of 54 years, Jacqueline Avant, was killed last Tuesday by a gunman in what police fear may have been a home invasion at their $7 million mansion in Beverly Hills. 

Shocking photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the musician’s decimated sliding glass doors, though police pointedly declined to confirm that robbery was the suspected motive, saying all possibilities are under consideration.

Law enforcement sources told the LA Times that at least one burglar made it into the mansion before Jacqueline was killed.

Aariel Maynor, 29, a career criminal, was arrested on Wednesday for the murder.

On November 26, Black Friday, LA looters ransacked a Home Depot, taking a slew of tools such as crowbars, mallets and sledgehammers that LAPD officials say will likely be used in future heists. Thieves also busted into a Bottega Veneta store.  

On November 22, about two dozen robbers smashed their way into an LA Nordstrom, making off with $5,000 worth of merchandise. A CVS pharmacy in the city was struck just an hour later, where looters stole $8,000 from a cash register. Police said that the 14 arrests made last week were in connection to these attacks.

On November 22, about two dozen robbers smashed their way into an LA Nordstrom, making off with $5,000 worth of merchandise. A CVS pharmacy in the city was struck just an hour later, where looters stole $8,000 from a cash register

Los Angeles police say at least 20 people used sledgehammers to break the glass at a Nordstrom on November 22 and ransack its shelves before fleeing. Fourteen suspects were arrested last week in connection to the brazen heist, but have since been released

Police released photos of at least two of the suspects wanted for robbing $20,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple Store in Santa Rosa

 Police released photos of at least two of the suspects wanted for robbing $20,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple Store in Santa Rosa

OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS: Surveillance footage from inside a Louis Vuitton store showed masked shoplifters, top right, pour into the store and grab handfuls of merchandise as customers ran away last month

OAK BROOK, ILLINOIS: Surveillance footage from inside a Louis Vuitton store showed masked shoplifters, top right, pour into the store and grab handfuls of merchandise as customers ran away last month

Two days later, police in Palo Alto announced that two women had been arrested in connection with an attempt to steal items from the RealReal clothing boutique downtown.

At the time, cops detailed how 30 to 40 people arrived in some 20 cars and tried to break down the glass front door but it held. A security guard then reported the effort via a 911 call, which spurred the crowd to flee as police started to arrive.

The suspects were subsequently stopped in a car near the scene, where police said they found at least $15,000 in clothes from a second RealReal location that was burglarized in Larkspur earlier that night.

In another incident later that day, five more people pleaded not guilty to felony charges involving thefts – this time in San Francisco.

Nine people were initially charged in the string of attacks on San Francisco stores such Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Bloomingdale’s in the city’s downtown area and in Union Square – a posh shopping district popular with tourists that was teeming with holiday shoppers.   

Aside from the organized crime rings, the growing problem has been attributed to police officers’ apparent reluctance to pursue such criminals in the current political climate, prosecutors’ failure to prioritize larceny and theft, and the decriminalization of low-level offenses in some jurisdictions. 

Two weeks ago, the San Francisco Bay Area saw a relentless string of audacious ‘smash-and-grab’ robberies, including an incident involving a gaggle of hammer-wielding masked bandits who ransacked jewelry, sunglasses and clothing stores at the Southland Mall in the San Jose suburb of Hayward on November 21. 

Legendary music executive Clarence Avant's wife of 54 years, Jacqueline Avant, was killed last Tuesday by a gunman in what police fear may have been a home invasion at their $7 million mansion in Beverly Hills

Legendary music executive Clarence Avant’s wife of 54 years, Jacqueline Avant, was killed last Tuesday by a gunman in what police fear may have been a home invasion at their $7 million mansion in Beverly Hills

Aariel Maynor, 29, a career criminal, was arrested on Wednesday for the murder

Aariel Maynor, 29, a career criminal, was arrested on Wednesday for the murder

Shocking photos obtained by Daily.com showed the musician's decimated glass doors Police pointedly declined to confirm that robbery was the suspected motive, saying all possibilities were under consideration

Shocking photos obtained by DailyMail.com show the musician’s decimated sliding glass doors, though police pointedly declined to confirm that robbery was the suspected motive, saying all possibilities are under consideration

That same evening, packs of thieves ransacked a sunglasses store and a Lululemon store in San Jose, stealing nearly $50,000 in merchandise – an incident also related to the recent arrests made by LAPD.

The day prior, on November 20, police said as many as 80 suspects, some wearing ski masks and carrying crowbars, targeted a Nordstrom in the San Francisco suburb of Walnut Creek, assaulting employees and stealing merchandise before fleeing in waiting cars, police and witnesses said. 

Another incident, on November 19, saw roving bands of thieves brandishing hammers and crowbars hit a string of high-end retailers, including Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Bloomingdales, as well as a Walgreens pharmacy and several marijuana dispensaries, in the vicinity of Union Square in San Francisco, a high-end area popular with tourist that was crowded with holiday shoppers.   

Similar strikes have been reported in other parts of the country as well, in fellow crime-ridden metropolises like Chicago and New York.        

Both Los Angeles and San Francisco recently placed in the top 10 for the National Retail Federation’s list of cities most impacted by organized retail theft – with LA earning the dubious honor of the top spot. Southern California cities San Francisco and Sacramento each took the 8 and 9 spots, respectively.  

 The zero-bail strategy currently employed by Gascon’s office – a policy that was statewide until last year but kept in place within the LA County Superior Court system – was initially intended to reduce the city’s jail populations, as The City of Angels grappled with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There were 7,542 robberies in Los Angeles this year through November 27, the LAPD’s most recent data indicate, which represents a 3.9 per cent increase from last year

There were 7,542 robberies in Los Angeles this year through November 27, the LAPD’s most recent data indicate, which represents a 3.9 per cent increase from last year

However, Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore said Monday that the effort is ill-founded.

‘There are individuals in communities that look at that as a lack of consequences, a lack of deterrence and open season in which to go and commit these types of crimes,’ LA’s top cop told KNX Radio on Monday.

‘The crisis during COVID, while well-intended, the impact it had on the criminal justice system was significant and severe that it’s developing another crisis in public safety. We have an offender base that commits and are willing to commit serious and violent crimes and we need to make sure the criminal justice system acts as a deterrent.’

Officials in San Jose and Santa Clara County slammed zero-bail last week when two suspects allegedly involved in a Halloween murder were freed to await trial outside of jail walls.

Another case in Los Angeles County resulted in a car-theft suspect being arrested 13 times over 12 weeks. 

Others blame the voter-approved measure Proposition 47 -passed by California voters on November 5, 2014 – which reclassified felony thefts cases under $950 to misdemeanors.         

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