An estimated 80 thieves, dressed in face masks, stormed a California Bay Area Nordstrom store, stole merchandise and them ran away in getaway cars over the weekend. So far, police have managed to arrest only three of the suspects.
Roughly 25 cars blocked the streets, as the chiefs jumped out and rushed into the Walnut Creek Nordstrom department store. Some carried crowbars. After looting the store, the suspects returned to their vehicles and took off.
#BREAKING: 3 arrested, 80 involved in Walnut Creek, California after riots and looting occur over the early morning hours. This occurred mainly at a Nordstrom store, however reports say many other areas outside San Francisco were looted. pic.twitter.com/MMRQdAb9sV
— Flash-News (@ClearWeather7) November 21, 2021
Witnesses reported the shocking scenes of the crowd storming the store and taking as much as they can carry.
“As soon as I saw people running down the street, I saw probably 50 to 80 people, with ski masks, crowbars and a bunch of weapons. They were looting the Nordstorm right here,” said one eyewitness to the looting.
'IT WAS INSANE'; WALNUT CREEK NORDSTROM HIT
Police say 80 people ran into the store, began looting around 9 pm. 3 people were arrested and at least 2 workers were assaulted, with one being pepper sprayed by a suspect. @KPIXtv @JulietteKPIX https://t.co/ctaFptOkWR pic.twitter.com/FiMt6nW6HZ
— Betty Yu (@BettyKPIX) November 21, 2021
The incident follows a clear pattern of organized retail theft in California. Stores around the state are struggling to fight organized gangs of looters due to its lax laws on property crime.
Back in July, a spokesman for Target said that the store has seen a “significant” and “alarming” rise in theft.
Some stores have even resorted to high-tech solutions as the police seem to be unable to do anything about it.
— Jodi Hernandez (@JodiHernandezTV) November 21, 2021
Meanwhile, just a day prior, suspects in San Francisco took off with a car after ransacking a Luis Vuitton store. The following footage shows their arrest.
Louis Vuitton San Francisco, Union square got cleared out!! pic.twitter.com/7Sz6rlRo8n
— Da Juan (@CARLITOSGUEY) November 20, 2021
Specifically, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento have some of the most organized retail crime gangs in the country.