Though the trend may be widespread, it could be temporary, Gomez said.
“These are trends, and trends continue for a little bit,” he said.
“It’s car seats this week, and next week it could be roof racks. Trends take their course and eventually die off. This is unique and specific, but I’m not surprised by it.
“Any time there is a commodity, there is a rise in thefts.”
In response to the surge in robberies, Burbank Police have stepped up their presence around shopping malls, such as the Burbank Town Center.