Compton Looters Punch Hole in Bakery and Leave Just the Crumbs

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Thanks to a video obtained by LA’s ABC7, a so-called “street takeover” is seen ransacking a Compton, CA mom-and-pop bakery and Mexican store. The fabled Ruben’s Bakery & Mexican Foodstore near the intersection of El Segundo Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue was broken into when someone rammed a white Kia Soul into the building, creating a gaping hole in the side of the bakery.

Wide open, looters stormed through, with literal dozens making their way in. Occurring at 3:30 am on January 2nd, that bakery didn’t even get 48 hours of 2024 before it was destroyed.

According to local residents, police are frequently in the area as these “street takeovers” are incredibly popular at the intersection. One resident told ABC7, “It’s kind of normal for us now, which is kind of sad to say. I’m kind of like desensitized to it because it happens so often, but this was kind of like, the last straw. I’m not too sure what to do about it.”

According to the Compton Sherriff’s Station, this takeover drew in around 100 people, with many burning trash and debris on the road. Growing bored of that, they then set their sights on the shop. Taking off when police arrived, no arrests were made. Owners of Ruben’s state that the $20,000 they worked to earn over the holidays is now gone. The damage was extensive and will take significant time to repair.

The Sherriff’s department noted that the car in question had been involved in a pursuit earlier that day but refused to say why. Instead, they offered that the pursuit ended due to losing sight of the vehicle.