Los Angeles: Suspect with pickaxe walks out of Rite Aid with basket of liquor, cops say

The woman allegedly threatened store employees who tried to take her basket

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LOS ANGELES – A woman with a pickaxe walked into a Los Angeles Rite Aid on Wednesday and took off with a basket full of liquor, police told Fox News. 

Stunned customers at the Venice Beach location saw the woman walk in carrying the garden tool at about 3 p.m., police said. Fox 11 Los Angeles, citing police, reported that the suspect allegedly threatened store employees who attempted to take her basket filled with merchandise.

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The alleged robbery occurred Wednesday in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

The alleged robbery occurred Wednesday in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. (Getty Images)

Police said the suspect — identified as a Black woman in her 40s — managed to get away. Nobody was injured.

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The City of Los Angeles has been in the news in recent weeks over the spate of smash-and-grab robberies for high-end items. Earlier this month, authorities announced more than a dozen arrests in recent smash-and-grab thefts at stores where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen.

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Police told Fox News that a suspect has not been captured.

Police told Fox News that a suspect has not been captured. (Getty Images)

Mayor Eric Garcetti called for an end to a no-bail policy for some defendants aimed at reducing overcrowding at Los Angeles County jails during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rite Aid did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.