Gangs have a fun weekend in San Francisco – robbing and looting

Drivers blared their horns Saturday evening as dozens of thieves carrying luggage and bags darted from a Nordstrom department store near San Francisco and hopped into cars waiting for them outside. All but three of the 80 or so looters escaped, police said…

The spectacle Saturday night was one of several incidents of looting and shoplifting reported at high-end retail stores around the Bay Area over the weekend.

On Friday night, thieves broke into at least 10 stores, including a Louis Vuitton in San Francisco’s Union Square. And on Sunday night, officers in Hayward, about a 30-minute drive from San Francisco, were investigating after a group of smash-and-grab burglars destroyed glass cabinets and stole merchandise from a mall jewelry store.

…Nordstrom employees and shoppers in Walnut Creek were ambushed by approximately 80 thieves who entered the store in unison just before 9 p.m., police said.

Jodi Hernandez, a reporter with NBC Bay Area, was outside the store and recorded footage of what she dubbed the “flash mob robbery.” Hernandez said about 25 cars blocked the street in front of Nordstrom before the occupants stormed inside and then returned to the vehicles with stolen merchandise.

Jim Dudley, a retired San Francisco Police officer who now teaches criminal justice at San Francisco State University, said the burglaries might be the result of a “perfect storm” created by corporations and policymakers in California, where many retailers have “no chase” policies regarding shoplifters and where at least $950 of merchandise must be stolen for state prosecutors to press felony charges.

The weekend’s looting and shoplifting incidents “seem to be coordinated, with tools, lookouts, vehicles for getaway and swarming tactics used by criminals with intent to plunder,”

You know if these gangs were Left-wing political groups…just planning peaceful flash mob demonstrations…absolutely everything about the planned events would be known in advance by the local coppers. They all get sufficient funds to pay for informants inside any political organization standing to the left of Fox News. Just another line item in the budget.

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  1. Update says:

    20 Thieves Stage Mass Robbery At The Grove’s Nordstrom Store In L.A.; Latest In String Of Looting Incidents (November 23, 2021 10:18am) https://deadline.com/2021/11/thieves-looters-mass-robbery-the-grove-nordstrom-los-angeles-1234879561/
    The incident follows a similar mass robbery at a San Francisco-area Nordstrom store on Saturday which allegedly involved 80 people. Additionally, on Friday night, San Francisco’s Union Square saw a string of incidents. The businesses hit included a Louis Vuitton store, a Burberry store, a jewelry store, a Bloomingdale’s, a Walgreens, cannabis dispensaries and an eyeglass shop.
    Also very early Sunday morning, the windows of Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills were smashed, according to the Times, which reported that “multiple suspects were seen traveling in several vehicles and that they ‘descended on the locations and used a sledgehammer to try to break through front windows.’” The burglars did not get into the stores, and nothing was taken, according to police.
    At about 9:45 p.m. Monday, six suspects entered a CVS Pharmacy in the 5800 block of South Vermont Avenue in South L.A. and stole three cash registers, taking about $8,500 in cash, according to Officer Drake Madison of the Los Angeles Police Department.

    • Splitting hairs says:

      ‘Experts’ Say Mass Robberies in California Aren’t Looting. That’s Not as Crazy as It Sounds. https://www.mediaite.com/opinion/experts-say-mass-robberies-in-california-arent-looting-its-not-as-crazy-as-it-sounds/
      “…Looting has a clear dictionary definition, and large-scale smash and grabs like the ones that happened in San Fransisco clearly fall under the common definition.
      But the report does make one good point: California law states that looting happens when “an affected county in a ‘state of emergency’ or a ‘local emergency’ resulting from an earthquake, fire, flood, riot, or other natural or manmade disaster.”
      The mass thefts have happened under none of those circumstances. Under California law, they do not qualify as looting.”

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  2. L.A. Woman says:

    Black Friday, Los Angeles County: In Lakewood, a group of suspects ages 15 to 20 stormed a Home Depot store around 8:30 p.m. and grabbed tools such as crowbars, mallets and sledgehammers before getting away in vehicles that were waiting outside, FOX 11 of Los Angeles reported.
    One entire section of hammers was completely cleared out, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies told the station.
    As many as 10 vehicles pulled up outside the store and the thieves donned ski masks before launching their spree, KCBS-TV of Los Angeles reported.
    The theft prompted fears that the stolen tools would be used to commit more robberies at other stores in the area, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told the station. https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/11/26/group-of-men-steal-tools-from-lakewood-home-depot/
    Black Friday: Another High-End Store Is Robbed, Prompting LAPD To Issue City-Wide Tactical Alert https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/11/26/black-friday-robbery-tactical-alert/
    A city-wide tactical alert was issued on Friday after a large group rushed into a Bottega Veneta clothing store in Beverly Grove and used pepper spray against some who tried to stop them while grabbing high-end merchandise there, the station reported.

  3. New Normal™️ says:

    (BURNSVILLE, Minn.): Authorities in the Twin Cities say a group of up to 30 people robbed a Best Buy store in the south metro on Black Friday.
    The Burnsville Police Department says that the group entered the Best Buy location near Burnsville Center shortly after 8 p.m., stole electronics and fled before police arrived. No one in the group displayed a weapon and no injuries were reported.
    Maplewood police say that six people robbed a different Best Buy near Maplewood Mall. The people then fled in several vehicles.

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