World Oakland pharmacy hit by mob of thieves in brazen robbery caught on camera
Dozens of San Francisco area stores, pharmacies hit by smash-and-grab looters: 'Hurts us all'
Thieves ransacked at least two dozen San Francisco area businesses over the weekend , as smash and grab incidents rage in the Bay Area. "At least two dozen businesses were impacted," Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong told CBS SF. "Roving caravans of vehicles, targeting cannabis operations, retail shops, pharmacies, throughout the city of Oakland." The mobs of thieves hit a handful of pharmacies and marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, including the Wellspring pharmacy that released surveillance video of the scene to the media.
Anpharmacy on Saturday became the latest business in the Bay Area to get hit by an organized .
The brazen attack on the Wellspring Pharmacy was caught on video footage obtained by Fox News. It happened just before 7:40 p.m. Saturday according to the time stamp.
A large group of robbers can be seen tightly packed into a crowded space, rummaging through shelves, and grabbing handfuls of items before fleeing the scene.
Many are wearing black hoodies and masks, while others stand on counters.
The Oakland Police Department told Fox News that investigators are still collecting information about the robbery.
Rampant smash-and-grab theft part of failure to prosecute criminals, tolerated by officials, experts say
A rash of brazen nighttime organized retail thefts in several U.S. cities in which thieves have been seen ransacking stores and making off with handfuls of cheap and luxury merchandise is the culmination of a failure to prosecute criminals and the normalization of such behavior, according to experts. The most recent incident occurred Monday when a mob of at least 20 people smashed windows with a sledgehammer at a Nordstrom department store at The Grove, a popular shopping and entertainment complex in Los Angeles, and stole thousands of dollars worth of goods, police said. At least three suspects have been arrested.
The Wellspring Pharmacy was not available for comment.
Police told Fox News that the pharmacy robbery was one of "nearly two dozen robberies and critical incidents that occurred Saturday."
Over the weekend the Bay Area sawransack a Nordstrom and a Louis Vuitton over a 24-hour period.
Multiple people broke the windows of the Louis Vuitton Friday night and "emptied out" the store of its high-end merchandise. Eight people were arrested in connection to that looting.
The next night, about 80 people dressed in ski masks armed with crowbars stormed a Nordstrom location in Walnut Creek, about 20 miles east of Oakland.
Fox News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.
Washington state seeks public's help in identifying a pair of brazen bank robbers .
Washington state police are asking for the public's help in identifying two serial bank robbers who have become increasingly violent and are believed to be behind more than half a dozen heists authorities said.One of the suspects struck the Sound Credit Union Nov. 9 in Bellevue, Washington – an upscale city that is part of the Seattle metropolitan area.