The San Francisco area noticed back-to-back flash mobs ransack a Nordstrom and a Louis Vuitton over a 24-hour interval, alarming safety experts in a metropolis that has already been scuffling with rampant smash-and-grab incidents. 

“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 previous head of safety at Arden Fair Mall, told ABC 10

Some safety experts are pointing to California’s legal guidelines which might be meant to cut back prices of incarceration as to why there is a rise in such crimes, ABC 10 reported. Shoplifting costs concerning the theft of $950 or much less have been lowered from felonies to misdemeanors beneath Proposition 47 in 2014. Stores additionally typically have no-chase insurance policies of shoplifters. 

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“Some people calculate, ‘Hey, you know, I don’t want to go over the $950, so let me steal $949 worth of property,'” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott mentioned earlier this 12 months. 

“If it’s a felony, our officers can take action,” he added on the time. “But if it’s a misdemeanor, that arrest has to be a private person’s arrest. And that makes a difference because they have to be willing to do that.”

Other safety experts in the area are advising that the very best precaution individuals can take throughout such incidents shouldn’t be intervening. 

“I cannot overstate the importance of doing that,” Hector Alvarez, a company safety skilled with greater than 15 years of coaching, informed ABC 10. “Find a way to duck into a corner, get behind something and literally become spam, don’t become part of the noise.”

About 80 individuals dressed in ski masks armed with crowbars stormed a Nordstrom location in Walnut Creek on Saturday evening. The city is situated about half-hour from San Francisco. 

The evening prior, a number of individuals broke the home windows of a Louis Vuitton and “emptied out” the shop of its high-end merchandise. Eight individuals have been arrested in connection to that looting. 

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Police in Walnut Creek informed Fox News on Sunday night that it’s unclear right now if the 2 robberies are related. The three individuals arrested throughout the Walnut Creek incident are from San Francisco and Oakland. 

“Three people are under arrest today following an organized theft at the Broadway Plaza Nordstrom in Walnut Creek last night. Police are investigating what was clearly a planned event, with the initial calls coming into the department about cars driving recklessly in the area shortly before 9:00 p.m.” Walnut Creek police mentioned in a press assertion Sunday. 

Nordstrom location in Walnut Creek, California, which dozens of looters targeted on Nov. 20, 2021

Nordstrom location in Walnut Creek, California, which dozens of looters focused on Nov. 20, 2021
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Police arrested Dana Dawson, 30, of San Francisco on gun costs; Joshua Underwood, 32, of San Francisco; Rodney Robinson, 18, of Oakland for allegedly stealing from the shop, and assaulting two Nordstrom workers, pepper spraying one among them.

Police are investigating surveillance footage from Saturday evening to determine the opposite suspects and famous the “remaining participants in this criminal mob fled from the area in cars at high speeds.”

The San Francisco area has been hit with repeated incidents of looting and smash-and-grab incidents in current months. The metropolis’s Central District, a well-liked vacationer vacation spot, noticed a staggering 753% enhance in automobile break-ins from May 2020 to May 2021. Robbery incidents, nevertheless, are down 4.9% to date this 12 months when in comparison with final, in response to San Francisco Police data released last week

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Chain shops, corresponding to Walgreens and Safeway, have additionally completely closed places in the town or in the reduction of hours over the rise in shoplifting crimes.  

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Both Alvarez and Reed informed ABC10 that with out robust accountability, the issue might worsen.  

And in Walnut Creek, police are already bracing for the suspects to strike once more. 

“The Walnut Creek Police Department is actively monitoring intelligence that indicates the group of thieves who stole from the Broadway Plaza Nordstrom last night are considering similar activity later today,” the town tweeted from its official Twitter account Sunday evening. 

“This has not been confirmed, but out of an abundance of caution, we are alerting businesses & residents to be prepared. @Walnutcreekpd is calling out additional officers & reserves & some stores may consider closing early or taking other precautions. There is not a specific time or target known right now; as we get more info, we will share.”