For the third day in a row, looters have attacked high-end retailers in the Bay Area, this time robbing a jewelry store and a Lululemon outlet.
On Sunday Nov. 21, police in Hayward, Calif., responded to calls from stores at the Southland Mall. That same evening, a group of suspects robbed a Lululemon store in San Jose, CBC news reported.
The calls about suspects at the mall from multiple stores came from various establishments after thieves momentarily took over a jewelry store and caused a major commotion.
Witnesses told that some 40 to 50 criminals wielding hammers and other tools, looted Sam’s Jewelers, breaking glass cases, and quickly fleeing away. The Macy’s store was also ransacked.
“(There was) a whole bunch of glass shattering,” said a witness who was at the mall during the incident.
Another witness described the looters as “kids.”
“I would say at least 30 to 40 [people] from what I saw,” the witness said. “But then after the main group of kids rushed out, we saw 15 to 20 scattering, some even came back in.”
“It was very scary,” another person added. “People with no morals, no sense for other people’s safety. I feel helpless. It’s disturbing.”
It was not clear whether the robbery in Hayward was linked to the one that targeted a Louis Vuitton store and other businesses in San Francisco’s Union Square on Friday or the Nordstrom ransacking and robbery that occurred in Walnut Creek on Saturday. The thieves also targeted numerous marijuana stores in Oakland.
Meanwhile, police in San Jose claimed a gang of suspects broke into the Lululemon store in Santana Row at 6:30 p.m. and stole items. They got away before the cops arrived. There was no more information available at the time.
“Walnut Creek Police investigators are in the process of reviewing surveillance footage to attempt to identify other suspects responsible for this brazen act,” the statement added.
The Walnut Creek Police posted a tweet warning that the thieves could be “considering similar activities later today.”
“This has not been confirmed, but out of an abundance of caution, we’re alerting businesses and residents to be prepared,” the tweet said. “There is no specific time or target known right now.”
Similar target, similar modus operandi
Several looters poured into the Nordstrom store in downtown Walnut Creek on Saturday night, Nov. 20, scaring customers, attacking employees, taking off bag loads of items, and ransacking shelves before fleeing in several automobiles waiting for them on the street.
At around 9 p.m., police began getting calls from Nordstrom employees reporting the looting. Some 80 people stormed the store and began robbing and breaking items.
As the chaos occurred, Brett Barrette, the P.F. Chang’s restaurant manager across from the Nordstrom store, stood there watching, reported CBS news.
“I probably saw 50-80 people in ski masks with crowbars, a bunch of weapons,” he said. “They were looting the Nordstrom.”
“There was a mob of people,” he continued. “The police were flying in. It was like a scene out of a movie. It was insane.”
On Sunday, the Walnut Creek Police Department issued a statement saying that they were “investigating what was clearly a planned event.”