The Rite Aid drugstore on Larchmont was broken into early this morning. Apparently, nothing was stolen but all the registers were vandalized, according to reports shared with the Buzz. We are still trying to learn the details of the incident.
According to SSA Security, which actively patrols the area as a service for members of the Larchmont Boulevard Association, and who viewed the Rite Aid security footage, someone used a large stone to break the glass door at 2:28 a.m. The breakage triggered the alarm and LAPD responded. Officers left since there was no one at the property. Then, around 4:00 a.m., the footage shows a person entering the store, though it’s not clear if that was the same person who damaged the door.
People familiar with the footage said they recognized the person to be a local unhoused individual. Reportedly, police detained an individual near the Bank of America at First Street and Larchmont Blvd., but LAPD Wilshire Division told the Buzz that no one has been arrested.
Staff at CD13 and local residents have been working with homeless outreach teams to relocate the unhoused individuals who have been living in the area. As of now, we are unable to confirm who was involved in the incident. When we stopped by the Rite Aid this afternoon, nearly all the registers had been repaired and there was no evidence of any vandalism. As of publication, our calls to officials at Rite Aid have not yet been returned.