Looters Invade A California Nordstrom And Attack Employees

This past Saturday evening, multiple dozens of looters stormed in and out of a Nordstrom store out in Walnut Creek, California resulting in the theft of a currently unknown amount of merchandise.

As stated in a report from NBC News, statements from a police spokesperson have stated that roughly “80 people rushed into the store in the city’s Broadway Plaza.” One person working in the store that day was pepper-sprayed and two other employees were punched and kicked in the chaos, leading to all three sustaining lesser injuries. All three of the employees were treated on scene and released, stated the spokesperson to NBC.

At the time the looting started, the store was open and the entire event took place in under a minute.

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One reporter for the NBC Bay Area, Jodi Hernandez, was close by as the chaos started and stated that they had seen dozens of vehicles clogging the streets while people haphazardly rushed in and out of the store.

“About 25 cars just blocked the street and rushed into the Walnut Creek Nordstrom making off with goods before getting in cars snd [sic] speeding away. At least two people arrested at gunpoint,” reported Hernandez on Twitter where she included a section of video showing a group of suspects running away with merchandise and jumping into their cars.

In a following tweet, Hernandez showed another video clip in which cops were arresting one suspect at gunpoint while adding that most of the offenders got away.

“While most of the looters got away, @walnutcreekpd did arrest a few following the flash mob robbery of the Walnut Creek Nordstrom store,” she stated.

As reported this past Sunday by NBC Bay Area, three people have been taken into custody in the wake of the apparently organized retail theft.

Officials for the Walnut Creek Police Department also put forth a statement talking about the theft:

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. This has not been confirmed, but out of an abundance of caution, we’re alerting businesses and residents to be prepared. The PD is calling out add’l officers and reserves, and some stores may consider closing early or taking other precautions. There is no specific time or target known right now. More info to follow as we know more.

This past Monday, as reported by CBS San Francisco, similar events had taken place in the few days leading up to the storming of Nordstrom. The outlet also stated that groups of thieves on Sunday evening went into Southland Mall over in Hayward and took items from Lululemon over in San Jose.

“Witnesses said a large mob of people caused a huge disturbance inside the mall, with some briefly taking over a jewelry store,” reported the outlet. “Witnesses described some 40 to 50 looters wielding hammers and other tools looted Sam’s Jewelers, breaking glass cases and quickly fleeing. In video taken during the robbery, you can hear workers inside Sam’s Jewelers screaming in fear.”

The news source also made note that this was the “third straight day a large mob of robbers have gone after retailers in the Bay Area.”

“It was very scary,” stated a witness to the news source. “People with no morals, no sense for other people’s safety. I feel helpless. It’s disturbing.”

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