Terrified JB Hi-Fi employees describe how teenagers in their stores are targeted in & # 39; swarming rip and run & # 39; theft stairs
- Thieves have flooded Melbourne stores, with iPhones as a popular item
- JB Hi-Fi manager said the thieves were described as African
- Employees and security staff were advised to make the robberies happen
- Employees had to give priority to safety because the thieves are reportedly carrying weapons
Employees in the electronics store JB Hi-Fi are left in fear because they witness teenage gangs who shamelessly attack their smartphone stores every weekend.
Thieves have flooded more and more stores in Melbourne with costly items in a & # 39; rip and runs & # 39; to take, with iPhones being the hottest merchandise.
Managers have advised staff and security staff to prioritize their safety and allow the thefts to occur because some criminals were supposed to carry weapons.
An older JB Hi-Fi manager told me Sunday Herald the thieves usually have an African appearance and operate in groups of four to six teenagers.
JB Hi-Fi employees in the electronic store have fallen in fear because they are witnessing teenage gangs who reluctantly raid their smart phone stores every weekend (stock image)
Four boys between the ages of 14 and 16 were arrested in the western suburbs of Melbourne and were charged with 16 theft crimes.
The costs are related to alleged thefts in electronics stores in Thomastown, Sunshine, Airport West, Prahran, Brunswick and Altona North between June 21 and July 9.
& # 39; They (security and staff) are told to go away, stay behind and let them do it & # 39 ;, said the senior manager.
& # 39; It is believed that some people carry weapons on these persons.
Victoria Police will set up Taskforce Liega this week, which will work directly with retailers to tackle security issues such as theft.
& # 39; We acknowledge that such violations cause fear in the community and endanger the safety of employees, & # 39; said commander Time Hansen of the task force.
Managers have advised staff and security staff to prioritize their safety and allow the thefts to occur because some criminals are supposed to carry weapons
Companies have been advised by the Victoria police not to intervene during robberies and to call triple-0 instead.
"We are about one crime away from someone being stabbed or worse," said Russell Zimmerman of the Australian Retailers Association.
Some stores have resorted to displaying phones that are not working in an attempt to ward off robbery.
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