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