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A shocking incident occurred just outside San Francisco involving dozens of robbers converging on a Nordstrom shortly before closing time on Saturday.
The incredibly brazen acts of looting allegedly involved no less than 80 individuals, according to the Walnut Creek Police Department. Wearing ski masks and carrying weapons ranging from crowbars to firearms, they reportedly invaded the Broadway Plaza Nordstrom department store in Walnut Creek, which is approximately 25 miles outside of San Francisco.
There appeared to be a highly organized nature to the robbers, and the plan was well executed, beginning with 25 cars stopped and blocked traffic outside of the store as the main group poured out of the vehicles and set upon the store, getting in and out in a matter of minutes.
During the rapid heist, two employees were allegedly assaulted, and one was pepper-sprayed. While details of any injuries are not public at time of writing, the employees were treated at the scene and there are no reports of any hospitalizations or deaths in connection to the mass robbery.
#Breaking About 25 cars just blocked the street and rushed into the Walnut Creek Nordstrom making off with goods before getting in cars snd speeding away. At least two people arrested at gunpoint. pic.twitter.com/AG3R94M9L3
— Jodi Hernandez (@JodiHernandezTV) November 21, 2021
A statement given by the Walnut Creek Police Department (WCPD) stated that they had arrested three people in connection to the robbery, two on the scene and one shortly after when they responded to multiple, frantic 911 calls from Nordstrom employees. The other individuals have eluded justice at the time of writing, though the WCPD says it has not yet finished reviewing security footage. One of the individuals, an unidentified woman, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm, and all three are facing charges of possession of burglary tools, possession of stolen property, and conspiracy to commit burglary, according to the WCPD statement.
The total amount of property stolen remains unknown, but given the sheer number of thieves, and their direct route to the most expensive goods, the total value of all the stolen goods is presumed to be high.
While most of the looters got away, @walnutcreekpd did arrest a few following the flash mob robbery of the Walnut Creek Nordstrom store. #nordstrom #flashmobrobbery pic.twitter.com/LPlrNeiyhg
— Jodi Hernandez (@JodiHernandezTV) November 21, 2021
Some bystanders at the nearby P.F. Chang restaurant watched the episode, and the restaurant manager, Brett Barrette, who wisely locked the doors as the shocked diners looked on, went on to describe the incident as something like “a scene out of a movie.”
“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. There was a mob of people. The police were flying in. It was like a scene out of a movie. It was insane,” Barrette told KGO-TV.
This isn’t the first time the “flash mob” of criminals has suddenly descended upon a store and then fled within minutes. Looters raided the Louis Vuitton store in Union Square, San Francisco following on the heels of a Wednesday raid on Louis Vuitton in Chicago’s Oakbrook suburb. Union Square was also host to a raid on the Neiman Marcus store in July.
Louis Vuitton San Francisco, Union square got cleared out!! pic.twitter.com/7Sz6rlRo8n
— Da Juan (@CARLITOSGUEY) November 20, 2021
There is speculation that the mass robberies, standing out for their sheer brazenness, may be encouraged by policies such as Proposition 47, passed by California voters in 2014, which makes shoplifting of less than $950 of goods a misdemeanor. This means that some thieves may not even face any real attempt to arrest them, especially in light of the blatant denial of the problem itself by officials in places like San Francisco, in shock contrast to the experience many common people and retailers both great and small have of the surge in theft of all types.
The “nothing is wrong” approach may not be sitting well with the people actually experiencing sudden mass raids by armed, masked thugs. Some in San Francisco are calling for the removal of the woke regime.
“The mayor and her entire team should resign. You can’t really run a retail enterprise if you have to board up the windows five weeks before the critical Christmas selling season,” John Chachas, whose family owns luxury retailer Gump’s in Union Square, told the San Francisco Chronicle.
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