World Dozens of San Francisco area stores, pharmacies hit by smash-and-grab looters: 'Hurts us all'

16:06  23 november  2021
16:06  23 november  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

California jewelry store hit by masked thieves wielding hammers, video shows

  California jewelry store hit by masked thieves wielding hammers, video shows Nine masked thieves smashed display cases with hammers at a Bay Area jewelry store on Monday, surveillance video shows.The robbery took place around 7:30 p.m. at the Iceberg Diamonds jewelry store inside the Sun Valley Mall in Concord.

Mobs of 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. Police added that the mobs in Oakland fired 175 shots during the incidents, forcing officers to pull back to safe locations, The Mercury News reported.

San Francisco Target theft suspect arrested for alleged thefts of more than $40G from store

  San Francisco Target theft suspect arrested for alleged thefts of more than $40G from store A 41-year-old woman whom authorities described as a "prolific retail thief," is facing numerous charges for allegedly stealing more than $40,000 worth of items from a Target in San Francisco, which has been plagued by brazen thieves pilfering convenience stores, sometimes in the presence of security staff and customers, forcing some to close multiple locations in the city. Aziza Graves was arrested at the same Target at the Stonestown Galleria where she is alleged to have been involved in 120 theft incidents. The thefts occurred between October 2020 and November of this year, prosecutors said.


A local Oakland man battling cancer also tried to visit a Walgreens on Sunday only to find it closed after a robbery.

"I’ve got cancer," David Massey said. "So I’m trying to get certain medications filled and they tell you to go to another Walgreens."


"This is the third time that I know of that they have been broken into," he added. "It hurts us all. Especially the little guy that really needs it."

The area kicked off the weekend of crime with a swarm of people descending on a Louis Vuitton in San Francisco, clearing out the store of its high-end merchandise. That same night, "hundreds" of vehicles targeted marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, Armstrong told The Mercury News.

California Nordstrom ransacked by 80 looters in ski masks with crowbars and weapons: Witness

  California Nordstrom ransacked by 80 looters in ski masks with crowbars and weapons: Witness Roughly 80 looters stormed a Nordstrom location in Walnut Creek, California, on Saturday night."We probably saw 50 to 80 people in ski masks crowbars a bunch of weapons. They were looting the Nordstrom's right here. And I thought they were going to start beating cars. I had to start locking doors lock the front door lock the back door," local PF Chang's manager Brett Barrette told KGO.

On Saturday, about 80 people wearing ski masks and armed with crowbars stormed a Nordstrom location in nearby Walnut Creek. They then rushed from the store to their vehicles with stolen merchandise. Three people have so far been arrested in connection to that incident.

San Francisco police said that nearly 12 stores in that city alone were attacked at the same time by a mob of at least 80 people over the weekend.


The crimes also extended to San Jose, about 50 miles from San Francisco, where at least four people stole $40,000 from a Lululemon in an incident described by police as "organized robbery."

"People need to be alert," San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo told The Mercury News. "We’re coming into the busy holiday shopping season. We can’t be everywhere at the same time. We do need citizens’ help; when they see suspicious activity occurring, please let us know, especially at the malls."

Suspects quizzed over California flash mob robbery

  Suspects quizzed over California flash mob robbery Three people suspected of being part of a robbery flash mob were being questioned Tuesday, the latest in a series of violent thefts in California involving sometimes dozens of people. At least 20 raiders in four cars took part in a smash-and-grab at a Los Angeles department store Monday evening, taking a sledgehammer to the display window and loading up on men's clothing. As police arrived the group split up, with one vehicle leading officers on a high-speed chase along the city's freeways, which ended with a foot pursuit and the arrest of the three.

Walnut Creek Police Chief Jamie Knox has meanwhile reached out to the FBI, the California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service in preparation for any potential similar incidents.

"No city can be prepared for one day, with no notice, 80 people committing an organized theft within one minute," Walnut Creek mayor Kevin Wilk said of the Nordstrom robbery.

The incidents are also alarming local security experts, who are pointing to California’s laws that are intended to reduce costs of incarceration as to why there is an increase in such crimes. Shoplifting charges regarding the theft of $950 or less were lowered from felonies to misdemeanors under Proposition 47 in 2014. Stores also often have no-chase policies of shoplifters.

"I think what happens now is there's no accountability for it anymore, and the liability for the stores if they try to apprehend these guys. They just stand by and watch," Steve Reed, a retired police officer and the former head of security at Arden Fair Mall, told ABC 10 this week.

Oakland police to increase presence amid crime wave, city leaders seek to reverse planned cuts .
The Oakland Police Department will increase its presence amid a surge in violence that has included roving armed caravans, an uptick in homicides and brazen smash-and-grab burglaries while city leaders want to reverse planned budget cuts set to take effect next year as it follows other liberal cities changing course to address crime. The department tweeted Sunday that tactical teams will assist patrols officers in responding to the caravans, illegal sideshows and other violent crimes.

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