Fourteen suspects accused of "smash and grab" incidences have been released from custody partially through a "zero bail" policy passed by California's Supreme Court earlier this year, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said all those released, one of whom was a minor, met the criteria for the "zero bail" policy, which orders judges to consider what a person can afford when setting bail, or were able to meet bail.

"All the suspects taken into custody are out of custody, either as a result of one juvenile, or the others as a result of bailing out or zero-bail criteria," Moore said in a Thursday news conference.


Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said his office still intends to file charges for the robberies.

"Our office has been collaborating with multiple law enforcement agencies and, once all the evidence has been gathered, we will review the cases to determine what criminal charges should be filed," Alex Bastian, Gascon's special adviser, said in a statement. "These brazen acts hurt all of us: retailers, employees and customers alike."

Los Angeles stores were hit by "smash and grab" incidences 11 times between Nov. 18 and Nov. 28, Moore said in a press conference. The robberies cost the stores over $338,000 in stolen merchandise and $40,000 in property damage, he added.

A recent "smash and grab" incident occurred when a Nordstrom store was hit by an organized robbery group last week near . Approximately 80 people in ski masks were part of the attack, stealing an estimated $125,000 in jewelry. Three suspects were arrested.

The LAPD separated November's "smash and grab" spree into three categories. Four of the incidences were robberies, six were burglaries, and one was grand theft.

Moore said he believes the stolen items are being sold for discounted prices on the black market and that the public should be more aware of what it purchases online from outside sources.

"The chain of responsibility extends all the way to the buyer who is willing to pay a discounted rate to get a deal but recognizes that the deal is coming at a cost that could be a human life," Moore said.

Some have encouraged the public to adapt to the rising crime rates. The San Francisco Chronicle was blasted last month for asking whether residents should "tolerate burglaries," and in a Thursday news conference, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti urged people to be more aware of their surroundings and to spend less time on their phones when shopping.

"What we used to do as human beings was look around and be aware of our surroundings, maybe wonder why a car is following us," Garcetti said. "We need you to put those screens down. We need you to protect yourselves and be aware of what's around you."


Los Angeles has seen a rise in robberies last month, according to LAPD data. Robberies are up 2.2% compared to October, but arrests are down 22.6%. In comparison, burglaries are down 12.2%, but arrests are up 6.1%.