A day after the lootings in several high-end stores in San Francisco’s Union Square, Walnut Creek Area witnessed large-scale theft by around 50-80 gangsters on Saturday night, Nov. 20.
Wearing ski masks and wielding crowbars, the gangster group rummaged Nordstrom’s high-end department store at the Broadway Plaza outdoor mall in Walnut Creek.
In a massive and coordinated theft, they arrived at the department store in about 25 cars and blocked the street.
They attacked staff, robbed merchandise, and then ran away in the cars parked outside, leaving customers in panic. The police claimed three robbers were apprehended while the majority managed to escape, as AP News reported.
According to NBC Bay Area reporter Jodi Hernandez’s tweet, “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.”
Brett Barrette, manager at a nearby PF Chang’s restaurant, was witnessing the scene in awe, “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,” said in an interview to ABC 7 News.
The Walnut Creek Police Department police stated that Nordstrom staff placed a 911 call right after robbers entered the store, then began stealing goods.
They referred to the incident as a “clearly a planned event,” they claimed two shop assistants were attacked, one got pepper sprayed.
The police also informed that a shotgun was handled by one among the three apprehended suspects.
On Sunday’s statement, the Walnut Creek Police department said they were investigating and checking surveillance footage to detect other suspects involved in the shameless theft.
On Sunday, Nordstrom remained open just as on other typical days.
The incident had similar connotations that the lootings in San Francisco’s Union Square, where a big gangster group got access to several high-end stores by shattering windows before stealing goods and ended up fleeing in waiting cars outside.
Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Dolce & Gabbana emerged as the thieves’ “victims” on Friday night, Nov. 19.
According to San Francisco Police Officer Robert Rueca’s social media post, officers answered to reports of looting and vandalism at Union Square stores on Friday night with many suspects detained.
These organized thefts in the upmarket shopping district of Union Square have taken place for years. The robbers usually park vehicles at storefronts before entering the shops by smashing glass doors and windows during non-business hours.