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    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) – A suspect in last week’s smash-and-grab robbery at a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek was released. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to KPIX 5 on Tuesday that 30-year-old Dana Dawson was released from jail. Prosecutors said Dawson was among three people charged with multiple felonies in connection with the November 20 incident. READ MORE: UPDATE: Oakland Police Release Photo of Suspect Vehicle in Lake Merritt Fatal ShootingProsecutors said at least 90 suspects who arrived in 25 vehicles stormed the Nordstrom store just before closing time, taking an estimated $125,000 in merchandise. During the thefts, employees were also pepper-sprayed, kicked, punched and assaulted with a knife. READ MORE: COVID Omicron Variant: CDC Expands Surveillance To San Francisco International AirportAuthorities continue to search for and try to identify the dozens of other suspects involved in the incident. MORE NEWS: 3 Killed, At Least 8 Wounded In Shooting At High School In MichiganThe Nordstrom robbery is one of several recent major thefts around the Bay Area recently, with others occurring in downtown San Francisco, Pleasanton,...
    SAN LEANDRO — Two boys, ages 12 and 13 from Oakland, were arrested Sunday in a vehicle taken during an armed carjacking of a pizza delivery person Friday night, police said Monday. The carjacking happened just before 9 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of Lexington Avenue. The victim, a man who was delivering a pizza, was forcibly removed from his Nissan Altima sedan by four suspects, one of whom puled a gun and demanded the victim’s car keys, Lt. Matt Barajas said in a news release. The suspects then fled in the vehicle. About 9 a.m. Sunday a San Leandro police officer patrolling the area of the Walmart store, 15555 Hesperian Blvd. located the carjacked vehicle on the south side of the business, police said.  The officer observed several people occupying the vehicle and at one point the occupants got out of the vehicle and entered the store. Additional officers were then called to the scene. A police perimeter was established around the vehicle and business.  Moments later, the suspects exited the store and police arrested the 12 and...
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- A security guard has died after he was shot while he protected a San Francisco Bay Area television news crew covering a smash-and-grab theft, part of a rash of organized retail crime in the region."We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita. Our deepest sympathy goes to Kevin's wife, his children, his family, and to all his friends and colleagues," KRON-TV's vice president and general manager, Jim Rose, said in a statement issued Saturday.The former police officer was an armed guard for Star Protection Agency and provided security for many reporters in the region.He was shot in the abdomen during an attempted robbery of KRON-TV's camera equipment near downtown Oakland on Wednesday, police said.RELATED: Chicago Canada Goose on Michigan Avenue burglarized on Thanksgiving morning, police sayThe news crew was covering a recent robbery where a group of thieves broke in and stole from a clothing store.A reward of $32,500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in Nishita's killing."This senseless loss of life is due to yet another...
    A group of four young men are wanted for robbing $20,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple Store, all caught on security cameras in broad daylight - the latest in a series of lootings across California.  The incident took place at Santa Rosa Plaza, about an hour from San Francisco, on Wednesday morning.  Four young men, believed by police to be between the ages of 14 and 18, entered and grabbed the merch before fleeing in what authorities called a 'brazen daytime burglary' in broad daylight.    A detective from the Santa Rosa Police Department said they weren’t notified about the theft until 10 minutes after it occurred due to an Apple in-house protocol.  The latest string of robberies in the Golden State started last Friday in San Francisco and are ratcheting up as the holiday shopping season is getting into full swing.  Police have released photos of at least two of the suspects wanted for robbing $20,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple Store in Santa Rosa, California The robbery was called 'brazen' as it happened on a Wednesday morning...
    SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Police in Santa Rosa on Wednesday evening announced they are investigating a new daylight smash-and-grab robbery earlier in the day that targeted the Apple Store in Santa Rosa Plaza. According to police, shortly after 11:3o a.m., officers responded to the Apple Store on the 1000 block Santa Rosa Plaza after a “smash-and-grab” theft was report involving four young male suspects. READ MORE: Smash-and-Grab Mob Thwarted In Downtown Palo Alto; 2 Suspects ArrestedPolice said the “brazen daytime burglary” happened in front of customers and staff, with the four suspects grabbing over $20,000 worth of merchandise from the store before fleeing the area in an unknown vehicle. Police released surveillance photos that showed images of the suspects. READ MORE: Berkeley's Bread Project Helps Meet Need For Restaurant Workers By Offering People A Second Chance Santa Rosa Apple Store robbery suspects (SRPD) Police said the suspects were described as four young, Black males between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. They were all wearing mostly black or grey sweatshirts and jeans with masks covering their...
    SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two suspects were in custody Wednesday after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of cologne and perfume from two Macy’s stores in the South Bay. San Jose police said 19-year-old Dwayne Huntley of Hayward and 22-year-old Raheem Lewis of Antioch were being held on grand theft and burglary counts. READ MORE: Sonoma County Serial Sexual Predator Sentenced To 90 Years In PrisonAccording to investigators, San Jose police officers responded at about 6:23 p.m. Tuesday to the Macy’s store at Valley Fair mall on a report of suspicious activity. Security personnel at the mall reported seeing at least two adult males who matched the description of suspects who stole merchandise on Sunday November 21st. As officers arrived, the two suspects were found engaging in the theft of cologne and perfume. Both attempted to flee on foot, but officers gave chase and took them into custody. READ MORE: Video: Oakland Police Asks For Public’s Help Finding Dozens Of Suspects In Brazen Store BurglaryAt approximately 7:00 p.m. investigators received a call of another grand theft incident earlier...
    OAKLAND, Calif. -- As cities around California grapple with a string of organized retail thefts, a store in Oakland says it was hit hard Monday.RELATED: Organized thieves hit high-end California stores amid trendNew video shows the burglary at the Prime 356 clothing store. Prime 365 says more than 30 burglars ran through their store.In the video, you can see a long line of people rushing in, and in once instance, even pushing each other out of the way to grab hats off a shelf:EMBED More News Videos The clothing store, 356 Prime, says this is the second time they've been hit in about a month's time. Police say they are looking to identify any suspects.On a GoFundMe page - store management says this is the second time they've been burglarized in the past month.The store says it did what it could to improve security after the first incident and find it "disheartening" to be hit again just one month later.WATCH: Video shows decimated San Francisco Louis Vuitton store after massive smash-and-grab robberyEMBED More News VideosMultiple suspects have been arrested after...
    Organized crime syndicates are behind the rash of 'smash-and-grab' raids on luxury stores in California - paying thieves as little $500 to swipe items worth thousands, a law enforcement official said - as the brazen thefts hurt retailers' bottom lines, and terrify workers and customers. Ben Dugan, president of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, said sophisticated criminal networks recruit mainly young people, offering them $500 to $1,000 to steal specific merchandise from stores and then sell it online.  The frequency and scale of the 'smash-and-grab' operations are ratcheting up as the holiday shopping season is getting into full swing.  'We´re not talking about someone who needs money or needs food. These are people who go out and do this is for high profit, and for the thrill,' Dugan said. A group of about 40 to 50 teenage shoplifters made off with an unknown amount of jewelry and other items in Hayward, California, on Sunday. Experts and officials say national crime networks are behind many of the 'smash-and-grab ' operations  A suspect was seen running away with an armful of...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- As the Bay Area grapples with a string of organized retail thefts across several cities, a store in Oakland says it was hit hard Monday.New video shows the burglary yesterday at the Prime 356 clothing store.RELATED: CHP immediately increasing freeway patrols near major CA shopping centers after brazen robberiesPrime 365 says more than 30 burglars ran through their store.In the video, you can see a long line of people rushing in, and in once instance, even pushing each other out of the way to grab hats off a shelf.Police say they are looking to identify any suspects.On a GoFundMe page - store management says this is the second time they've been burglarized in the past month.The store says it did what it could to improve security after the first incident and find it "disheartening" to be hit again just one month later.WATCH: Video shows decimated San Francisco Louis Vuitton store after massive smash-and-grab robbery EMBED More News Videos Multiple suspects have been arrested after a Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco was hit by thieves.
    SAN JOSE – Authorities on Tuesday arrested four men on suspicion of taking $2,000 worth of cologne and perfume from a department store at Valley Fair mall in San Jose. The incident occurred at the Macy’s Women’s & Children’s store, according to police. Store employees alerted security guards, who in turn contacted the San Jose Police Department. The suspects were arrested in a parking garage at the mall, police said. Additional details about the incident were not immediately available. The arrests follow a string of organized retail thefts that began Friday night, when thieves descended upon stores at San Francisco’s Union Square. Videos posted to social media showed the thieves fleeing the Louis Vuitton store with armloads of goods. Thieves over the weekend also targeted marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, a Nordstrom store at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek and a Sam’s Jewelers at Southland Mall in Hayward. The RealReal store in downtown Palo Alto was also targeted Sunday night, but a security guard alerted authorities as 25 to 30 people in 10 to 15 cars approached the business. Nothing was...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Nine people are facing a litany of felony charges following a smash-and-grab robbery at the Louis Vuitton store in Union Square on Friday. San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced charges Tuesday against nine people; among them, looting during a state of emergency, second-degree commercial burglary, grand theft, receiving stolen property, and carrying a loaded firearm. READ MORE: COVID: Contra Costa Health Officials Note Progress On Boosters, Vaccinating Kids“I want to be clear about something. These are not petty thefts. This is not misdemeanor conduct. This is felony conduct and we are charging felonies today,” Boudin said during a Tuesday afternoon news conference. The robbery was one of a number of smash-and-grab or takeover robberies across the Bay Area over the past week which included thieves storming into stores in Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Hayward and San Jose. A series of takeover robberies were also seen at Oakland cannabis businesses. On Tuesday, some stores at Union Square still had windows boarded up amid a pronounced increase in police presence in the area since the Friday robbery,...
    Three people are in custody in connection to a smash-and-grab robbery at a Nordstrom location in Los Angeles.  A group of thieves smashed windows with a sledgehammer and other tools at a Nordstrom store at a luxury mall called The Grove late Monday. Officers pursued an SUV involved in the crime. The chase ended in South Los Angeles and three people were taken into custody, Officer Drake Madison said.  NORDSTROM STORE IN LOS ANGELES SEES ‘SMASH AND GRAB’ ATTACK BY 20 LOOTERS: REPORT The LAPD is currently processing the suspects as of Tuesday afternoon and will release more details at a later time, police told Fox News.  Google Maps image of Nordstrom location in Los Angeles at The Grove  Police believe the suspects were part of a larger group of about 20 people, ABC 7 reported. Police have installed a barbed wire perimeter around where the crime took place at the mall.  SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR'S PLAN TO COMBAT FLASH MOB LOOTING WILL LIMIT ACCESS TO STORES AHEAD OF HOLIDAYS A Los Angeles Police Officer Badge. (iStock) The...
    LOS ANGELES, California — Store windows on Beverly Hills’ famed Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles were smashed on Sunday in attempted burglaries that may have been related to recent “mass looting” events in the San Francisco Bay Area. NBC Los Angeles reported: Storefront windows near the Rodeo Drive shopping area in Beverly Hills were shattered Sunday in two apparent smash-and-grab burglary attempts. Officers responded to the Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue stores shortly after midnight. The attempted break-ins were reported in the 200 block of North Rodeo Drive and the 9600 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Nothing was taken and no one entered the stores, police said. Many stores had installed shatterproof glass since the Black Lives Matter riots last year, Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Todd Johnson told NBC. As Breitbart News reported, high-end stores in San Francisco’s Union Square were hit last Friday night; a Nordstrom location in suburban Walnut Creek on Saturday night; and a Lululemon store was ransacked in San Jose on Sunday. The methods used in Beverly Hills appeared to mimic those used in...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin says he will announce felony charges today against the 8 people arrested for Friday night's organized retail theft in Union Square.Dozens of thieves broke into the Louis Vuitton store in Union Square Friday night and grabbed whatever they could before taking off. It all happened in a matter of minutes.VIDEO: SF Louis Vuitton store decimated after massive smash-and-grab robberyEMBED More News Videos Multiple suspects have been arrested after a Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco was hit by thieves. Boudin is facing a recall election organized by critics who say he is not tough enough on crime.On CNN, he said he is tough and will be filing felony charges against those arrested for Friday night's attack in Union Square."Let me be clear. I am doing everything in my power to keep San Francisco safe and to make sure that people who come to our city to commit crimes are held accountable. This is not a one person job. It's not a problem that's limited to San Francisco," said Boudin.RELATED: Mayor...
    SAN JOSE — A shoe store company that’s in expansion mode has leased a large commercial space south of downtown San Jose in a deal that suggests some retailers can thrive despite an array of economic uncertainties. WSS, a shoe store chain, has leased a former Smart & Final store at 2152 Monterey Road in San Jose, across the street from The Plant retail and restaurant complex. Los Angeles-based WSS has leased the entire building, which totals about 13,300 square feet, according to David Taxin, a partner with Meacham/Oppenheimer, a commercial real estate firm who arranged the rental deal. “This is their first San Jose store,” Taxin said. Beyond the company’s expansion into San Jose, the deal, in Taxin’s view, runs counter to the notion that brick-and-mortar retailers are in permanent decline because of the rise of online shopping and the onset of the coronavirus. “People are talking about the death of retail, but here is a retailer who is a little more bullish on the market than some have been,” Taxin said. WSS has concentrated its store locations primarily...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose police say thieves entered the Lululemon store in Santana Row around 6:30 Sunday night and took around $40,000 worth of merchandise.Police say the suspects were gone before officers arrived at the scene.At the same time, another robbery was taking place at Westfield Valley Fair Mall. Police say several cars with their license plates concealed had gathered. A security guard noticed what was going on and called the police.The group dispersed when police showed up, but not before $7,000 worth of sunglasses were stolen. .@SanJosePD talking about the organized robberies in San Jose from over the weekend. Sgt. Camarillo says there was a robbery at Santana Row and a bigger attempted robbery at Valley Fair Mall. Latest tonight on @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/jr8OhBt2a4— Dustin Dorsey (@DustinABC7) November 22, 2021RELATED STORIES & VIDEOS: Smash-and-grab robbery caught on video at jewelry store at Southland Mall in Hayward SF residents, business owners upset over recent looting incidents Video shows decimated San Francisco Louis Vuitton store after massive smash-and-grab robbery 'Unacceptable': Mayor Breed says changes will be coming to SF...
    Looters have targeted Bay Area businesses in California for the third consecutive day. On Sunday, 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, according to a local CBS affiliate, KPIX. The calls about suspects at the mall came from multiple stores as thieves briefly took over a jewelry store and caused a large disturbance in the mall, KPIX reported.  Witnesses told the local news station that roughly 40 people arrived at Sam’s Jewelers with hammers and other tools that they used to shatter gas cases before fleeing the scene. "We saw all the other stores closing. They were panicking, so we were panicking and quickly closed our store and barricaded ourselves," a woman who worked near Sam’s Jewelers said to KPIX. One 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...
    A large mob brazenly looted on Sunday a jewelry store inside the Southland Mall in San Jose, California. The looters took over the Southland Mall shortly before closing and caused stores to close early for the day, according to KPIX 5. Looters broke glass display cases with hammers and then ran off with the jewelry. Looters targeting Bay Area businesses struck again Sunday evening, with smash-and-grab thieves hitting the Southland Mall in Hayward and suspects taking merchandise from a Lululemon store in San Jose. https://t.co/PfW4ffWktt — KPIX 5 (@KPIXtv) November 22, 2021 Multiple stores were hit during the looting, but the main target was Sam’s Jewelers, KPIX reported. “I would say at least 30-40 from what I saw, but then after the main group of kids rushed out we saw about maybe 15-20 after that,” a Sam’s Jewelers employee said, according to KPIX. The employees had to barricade themselves in the back of the store to avoid the looters. (RELATED: Police Reportedly Arrest Fellow Sergeant With 27 Years On The Job For Robbing Local Store) Another mob of roughly...
    SAN JOSE — Police say a group of people stole merchandise from a Lululemon store at Santana Row on Sunday night following a series of brash lootings in the Bay Area. Around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, a group of looters went into the Lululemon store and took some items, according to San Jose police. Authorities said that the group fled before police arrived and no other information about the ongoing investigation is available at this time. The theft comes after dozens of looters ransacked a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek on Saturday night. According to authorities, two men and one woman was arrested in connection to the incident on Saturday and around 80 people are believed to be involved in the looting, which occurred just before 9 p.m. Walnut Creek city officials and police warned that other businesses could be targeted by the group of thieves on Sunday and police patrols were stepped up in the area, according to city communications manager Betsy Burkhart, who said that no other businesses were victims of looting on Sunday.
    HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Looters targeting Bay Area businesses struck again Sunday evening, with smash-and-grab thieves hitting the Southland Mall in Hayward and suspects taking merchandise from a Lululemon store in San Jose. Hayward police told KPIX they responded around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to multiple calls from stores in Southland Mall. READ MORE: Police Warn of More Mass Robbery Attempts After Looters Ransack Walnut Creek NordstromWitnesses said a large mob of people caused a huge disturbance inside the mall, with some briefly taking over a jewelry store. Witnesses described some 40 to 50 looters wielding hammers and other tools looted Sam’s Jewelers, breaking glass cases and quickly fleeing. The Macy’s store was also ransacked. In video taken during the robbery, you can hear workers inside Sam’s Jewelers screaming in fear. A large mob robbed Sam’s Jewelers inside Southland Mall, Hayward. PD said they received calls at 5:25 pm today. Witnesses told me 1st wave of robbers involved about 30-40 kids. A 2nd wave with fewer robbers returned to clean it up. Story tonight 11 on Ch 5 ⁦@KPIXtv⁩ pic.twitter.com/1kXj5N4UT2 —...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KABC) -- Multiple suspects were arrested after a Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco was hit by thieves.Social media videos that have gone viral showed some of the chaos that unfolded Friday night - smashed store windows and police descending upon a getaway car and using their batons to smash its windows and windshield.The store in Union Square looked completely empty, apparently ransacked by robbers.Police say around 8:10 p.m., officers responded to reports of possible looting and vandalism to retail establishments in the Union Square Area.Caught on camera: Thieves steal $100K in Louis Vuitton goods in brazen grab-and-run heistEMBED More News Videos Thieves stole items from an Oak Brook Louis Vuitton store Wednesday. Police said 14 suspects fled the scene at Oakbrook Mall. San Francisco police did not specifically name the Louis Vuitton store, although it is clearly seen in the videos."Officers arrived on scene to a retail store in Union Square where they observed several suspects involved in criminal acts. Officers have arrested multiple suspects," police said in a written statement.They say they the Louis Vuitton store...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco’s Union Square was hit in a brazen smash-and-grab robbery Friday night. UPDATE: San Francisco Mayor, Police Chief Promise Crackdown On Crime After Brazen Union Square Spree According to San Francisco police officers responded to Union Square shortly after 8 p.m. Friday and observed several suspects “involved in criminal acts.” (CBS) San Francisco officer Robert Rueca said late Friday that police have arrested multiple suspects and officers are responding to reports of other retail establishments where vandalism has occurred Friday evening. Additional officers are responding to the Union Square area. The Louis Vuitton in San Francisco union square just got emptied out ???? pic.twitter.com/Imi6qbL0i1 — Yealenne (@Yealenne) November 20, 2021 Video posted to Twitter by @Yealenne showed the storefront with broken glass on the sidewalk. Another dramatic clip from user @CARLITOSGUEY showed what appeared to be some of the suspects fleeing the store followed by police arriving in a patrol car, swarming a suspect’s vehicle, striking it with their batons and dragging a person to the street. Louis...
    A video showing a shoplifter walking out of an upscale San Francisco boutique with a pile of unpaid item was posted to Twitter late Friday morning. The viral thirty-three second security video shows a masked man dressed in a camouflage jacket and Golden State Warriors t-shirt entering a Pacific Heights boutique and exiting with multiple pairs of designer jeans. Time to check out how Pacific Heights in San Francisco is doing: pic.twitter.com/Hzy0a2xET5 — Jenny, Girl from 4th ????, 鄰白廢物 ???? (@JennyChachan) November 12, 2021 “Hi, how are you today,” a sales associate is heard saying as the masked man enters the shop. “Sup,” responds the man as he bends down to pick up a pile of designer denim jeans from the window display. Shortly after picking up the pile of jeans from the display, the man makes his way over to the other side of the store and picks up one final item before casually walking out the door. (RELATED: San Francisco’s Shoplifters Are Flipping Stolen Merchandise Online) “Wait,” said the associate moments before the man exited the store....
    SAN BRUNO — Two armed robbery suspects allegedly held up a 7-Eleven store last week in San Bruno, according to authorities. San Bruno police said they responded to an armed robbery report around 8:32 p.m. on Nov. 2 and discovered that two men went into the 7-Eleven store at San Bruno Avenue and Crestmoor Drive with handguns, demanded cash, stole money from the cash register and fled the scene in a white sedan traveling west on San Bruno Avenue. The two men were described as in their 30s, according to authorities. One man was wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt, flip-flops, white pants and a black ski mask and the other was wearing black pants, a black hooded sweater, a black face covering and gloves, according to police. No one was injured during the incident.
    SAN BRUNO (CBS SF) — Police were searching for a pair of armed robbers who entered a 7-Eleven store in San Bruno, grabbed cash from the register and fled. It happened last Tuesday at the store on San Bruno Ave. and Crestmoor Drive. READ MORE: UPDATE: Father Who Lost Son in October I-580 Shooting Sympathizes with Jasper Wu's FamilyPolice responded to a report of an armed robbery at 8:32 p.m. Two male suspects brandishing handguns entered the convenience and demanded money. Police said they fled with the cash heading west on San Bruno Ave. in a white sedan. READ MORE: UPDATE: 1 Arrested, Gun Seized in Fatal Gilroy Halloween Party Shooting InvestigationBoth suspects were described as in their 30s. One was wearing a gray shirt, white pants, flip-flops and a ski mask. The other wore a black hooded sweater, black pants, gloves and a black mask. Police confirmed that no one was harmed. MORE NEWS: Theranos Trial: Final Lab Director Takes Stand, Details Issues Before Company's DemiseAnyone with information is urged to contact the San Bruno Police Department at...
    SAN JOSE — A newly opened Starbucks coffee shop in a downtown San Jose housing tower is poised to be one of the key retail anchors of the complex of two residential highrises. The new store, which opened a few days ago, also can become a retail site that helps to revitalize that section of downtown San Jose as well as expand the traditional boundaries of the city’s urban core, city officials and a real estate executive believe. The ubiquitous coffee house leased 2,500 square feet on the ground floor of Miro, a mixed-use housing, restaurant, retail, and commercial complex that features two residential towers in downtown San Jose. “Starbucks is great for us, it’s great to get our first retail tenant,” said Ted McMahon, chief investment officer with Bayview Development Group, developer of the brand-new Miro towers. Starbucks staff work inside the beverage company’s new location near the corner of East Santa Clara Street and North Fifth Street in downtown San Jose. ( George Avalos / Bay Area News Group ) Miro is located at 181 E. Santa Clara St....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Safeway supermarket is now joining other San Francisco retailers in reducing its hours due to increasing theft. The Safeway store on Market Street will now close at 9 p.m. instead of staying open 24 hours a day.In an emailed statement, Safeway tells ABC7 News recent changes at the Market Street store were made to maintain a safe and welcoming shopping experience for customers and associates, given the increasing amount of theft at the store.RELATED: Target, Walgreens make drastic changes due to increase in San Francisco theftsSafeway isn't alone in reducing its hours. Target has also reduced store hours to combat theft."Not surprised," said Rachel Michelin, President & CEO of the California Retailer's Association."Some of my members have said we'd rather give someone a job then have them steal from our store," said Michelin.Michelin would not say which stores have said that. She says Los Angeles has the most organized retail theft, followed by San Francisco. However, when it comes to the cost of doing business in order to combat that theft, she says San Francisco takes...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – A man who shot at customers and a store clerk during a robbery in 2018 has been found guilty of several felony crimes. Luis Vivero READ MORE: Two Sac State Students Assaulted, Robbed On CampusLuis Vivero, 19, has been convicted of attempted murder, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon after he and five other teens carried out a violent robbery at a store in the 2100 block of S. San Joaquin Street. On December 23, 2018, the teens reportedly went into the El Amigo Market, assaulted a store clerk, then broke into and emptied a cash register. As the teens were leaving, Vivero shot at the clerk and customers, according to the San Joaquin County D.A.’s Office. READ MORE: 7 Shot, 2, Killed At 'Erotic Exotic Halloween Ball' Overnight In SacramentoDuring the investigation, witnesses were able to identify Vivero and the other suspects to Stockton Police Department. “It is imperative we get illegal guns out of the hands of those who intend to commit harm,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. “We are grateful...
    Two unidentified individuals wearing hooded jackets were caught on amateur video during a brazen ‘smash-and-grab’ spree on cars in the San Francisco Bay Area. Video posted to social media on Wednesday shows the two thieves driving along streets in residential areas of San Francisco and Oakland. They emerge from their Audi A6 sedan and smash the windows of parked cars nearby. The two are then seen stealing bags and items that were left in the vehicles. San Francisco has been hit hard by a spate of what officials are calling organized car break-ins. Between May 2020 and May 2021, there was a 753 percent increase in the car break-ins in the city's Central District, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. The Central District includes several of the city's most popular tourist hotspots, including Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown. Visitors from out of town are warned not to keep their belongings in the car for fear it will be stolen.  Mayor London Breed on Tuesday announced that the city would offer rewards of up to $100,000 to anyone with information leading to...
    San Francisco mayor London Breed has disputed Walgreen's claims it needs to shutter five stores in the city because its soft laws on shoplifting have led to rampant theft, claiming that the big chain was simply trying to slash costs and increase profits - and that retail theft was an easy scapegoat. Mayor London Breed told reporters last week that she thinks 'there are other factors that come into play' and San Francisco District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston tweeted that the pharmacy chain has 'long-planned to close hundreds of locations.'  The national chain has closed 17 of its 70 San Francisco locations in the past two years and cited the shelf raiders, who have swiped every kind of product not behind lock and key.  But the pharmacy chain insists that San Francisco's rampant crime is to blame, revealing it spends 46 times as much on security at its city stores, which face five times as many shoplifting incidents compared with those elsewhere in the country.  San Francisco elected officials, including Mayor London Breed (pictured above), are claiming that Walgreens is using shoplifting as...
    Walgreens is shuttering another five of its stores in crime-ridden San Francisco because of rampant shoplifting by thieves who waltz past security guards and sell the items outside the drugstore chain's doors.   Viral videos taken throughout the summer have shown shoplifters brazenly sauntering out of stores with armfuls of stolen goods as witnesses watch in shock.  San Francisco and Walgreens officials have cited 'organized retail crime' - in which the thieves sell the swiped merchandise outside the stores - as a main reason for the recent closures.  ‘Organized retail crime continues to be a challenge facing retailers across San Francisco, and we are not immune to that,” Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso told the Daily Mail on Wednesday.  'Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average.'   Walgreens is shuttering another five of its stores in San Francisco because of financial losses due to constant shoplifting. One of the stores closing, pictured above, was subject of a viral video showing a man filling a garbage bag full of...
    SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (KGO) -- At least seven people are injured after a car slammed into a 7-Eleven store Sunday afternoon.It happened at around 4:17 p.m. on East 14th Street in San Leandro, where the vehicle went out of control.Witnesses say a woman had been shopping at the store when she accidentally drove into the store instead of driving away.Multiple ambulances rushed to the scene.All of those injured are expected to survive.
    DALY CITY (CBS SF/BCN) — Four smash-and-grab suspects have been arrested in connection with a brazen robbery at a Serramonte Center shopping mall jewelry shop that was recorded on cell phone video, authorities said. Daly City police said officers responding to the Wednesday evening robbery saw a Lexus vehicle speeding away from the area and pursued it as it went into southbound Interstate Highway 280. The Lexus then went onto eastbound Interstate Highway 380, exiting at North Access Road near the airport. READ MORE: Volunteers Spread Out Across Bay Area for Annual Coastal Cleanup However, as the Lexus was exiting the highway, it crashed into a cement barrier and then struck another vehicle, police said. After the collision, officers immediately detained the driver and another passenger, while two other passengers fled the scene on foot. Other law enforcement agencies were able to help and apprehended the two outstanding suspects. After arresting the four, officers determined a total of seven people entered the jewelry store and smashed the display cases with hammers. Investigators were still trying to identify the three additional...
    Two men brazenly walked out of a Lowe's store pushing a shopping cart filled with electrical goods before loading it into a waiting getaway car and helpless store workers looked on in the latest incident of 'legalized stealing' in Democratic states.  The pair picked products like spools of wire valued at $2,000 - presumably to strip it for the valuable copper inside - from a Lowe's in Keizer, a suburb of Salem, on August 25. Keizer Police confirmed to DailyMail.com that they were investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made and the men have not been publicly identified.  'Once you've stolen from Lowe's once and know they can't stop you, there's no real consequence,' Keizer Police Lieutenant Andrew Copeland told Fox News, noting employees at many chain stores aren't allowed to stop shoplifters.  'Second thing is, these people know they can't go to jail.'  Store employees are generally instructed not to confront shoplifters, who have grown more brazen as videos from cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles show shoplifters stripping stores of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars. ...
    SAN MATEO (CBS SF) – Two teens were arrested in connection with an armed robbery of a liquor store in San Mateo earlier this year, police said Friday. The suspects are connected to a May 23 robbery at a liquor store on the 100 block of South Boulevard. According to officers, one of the suspects pulled a revolver from his pocket, pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. READ MORE: UPDATE: Caltrans Closes Part of Hwy 50 Over Caldor Fire Safety Concerns The clerk then gave the suspect money from the cash register. The suspect then fled the scene. With the help of surveillance video, officers determined that the suspect and another male drove to a nearby hotel and discarded the gun in a garbage can. The pair returned to retrieve the gun sometime later. READ MORE: Crazy Times To Be Alive; Good Samaritan Breaks Up San Francisco Chinatown Assault, Detains Suspect Police were able to identify both suspects, identified as 19-year-old Steve Talauati of Redwood City and a 17-year-old, also from Redwood City. Both were arrested without...
    While the legend that Sarah Winchester’s house was under continuous construction for some 40 years is certainly untrue, there’s no denying that the Winchester Mystery House grew over those decades from a modest farmhouse into a 160-room mansion. So in that respect, the landmark’s current caretakers are following tradition with a fairly constant reinvention. Besides the regular daytime tours of the house and gardens and special evening flashlight tours — the one set for Friday the 13th next week is already sold out — the tourist attraction has added holiday events, an axe throwing area at the stables, a shooting gallery and, most recently, Houdini’s Escape Room experience. But for this Halloween season, the Winchester Mystery House is amping up the “mystery” with a new Lost in the House tour. It’s described as a “theatrical paranormal investigative adventure,” which I think is very fancy talk for “haunted house” since it includes special effects, actors and jump scares. General Manager Walter Magnuson says the the Lost in the House tour takes its cue from the various  paranormal investigations the famed home...
    San Francisco's district attorney spoke out in apparent defense of a 'prolific' shoplifter who was filmed brazenly robbing a Walgreens store amid fierce criticism of the city's crime policies.   Chesa Boudin, district attorney since 2019, was asked about a viral video from June 19 showing the thief man heaping armfuls of Walgreens products into a trash bag, then riding his bike through the store with the stolen goods while the security guard and bystanders looked on. The broad daylight theft happened at a Walgreens on 300 Gough Street, in the Hayes Valley area of San Francisco, on June 14. The suspect, Jean Lugo-Romero, 40, was arrested on June 19 and remains in jail. He had previously robbed the same store on May 29, 30, 31 and June 1, but Walgreens declined to prosecute, Boudin said.    'When I watch that video, I think about five questions that people are not asking that I think they should,' Boudin told The New Yorker.  'Is he drug addicted, mentally ill, desperate? Is he part of a major retail fencing operation?  'What's driving this behavior and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Business owners in one San Francisco neighborhood say the are being forced to close up shop after repeat break-ins and burglaries. Store owners in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley tell KPIX they are tired of the brazen thieves and complain it’s a problem that is not fading away as the pandemic recedes. READ MORE: Condemnation of the Unvaxxed Grows as Bay Area Mask Mandates Reappear UKO, the legendary San Francisco designer clothing boutique, is officially closed. Its owner cited break-ins as part of the reason, posting surveillance video of burglars breaking windows and stealing items earlier this year. “They had enough after all this time,” said Mitche Durkee with J. Dorian Decorative Arts, a store steps away from UKO. “It’s sad, because these are the places that keep the neighborhood alive,” said San Francisco resident Olga Milan-Howells. SFPD data shows in the first six months of the year, the number of burglaries in the Northern District is up 44% compared to the same time period in 2019. It is nearly identical to 2020, when incidents skyrocketed 47%....
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Just days after Governor Newsom signed a bill creating an Organized Retail Task Force to crack down brazen retail thefts, his family-owned wine shop in San Francisco was targeted by thieves, according to a report. Police said the alarm sounded around 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday, at PlumpJack Wines & Spirits located at Greenwich and Fillmore streets. When officers arrived, they found a broken storefront window, but no suspects inside the store. READ MORE: Brush Fire Burns In North San Jose, Milpitas Along Coyote Creek Area A company spokesman confirmed the break-in attempt according to the San Francisco Chronicle. READ MORE: COVID: San Franciscos City Employee Vaccine Mandate Is Not A First In America According to police, this was the fourth time this year burglars hit the Cow Hollow store and broke it’s windows. Tuesday’s incident remains under investigation. MORE NEWS: CoCo County Supes Lift Hemp Moratorium, Leave Ban On Vaping Sales In Place Newsom opened PlumpJack Wines & Spirits in 1992. Before taking office as governor in 2019, Newsom announced he would step away from...
    The shoplifters targeted the TJ Maxx store in Granada Hills, a residential neighborhood located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. One of the brash thieves doesn't attempt to hide his face; the other is wearing a face mask. Employees at the department store chain watch as the shoplifters casually walk out of the building with mounds of stolen merchandise. One crook is wearing a gigantic backpack believed to be stuffed with stolen goods in the robbery that took place between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. The video of the theft was posted on Instagram by user inflnzr. "I kept my distance for safety reasons," he said on social media. "My focus was to get a license plate number, but when I lost them behind the SUV. I had to hold back a bit, just in case they were waiting for me. Unfortunately they were able to get into their vehicle parked at a distance and drive away." LAPD said it was investigating the crime, but no arrests have been made yet. "They didn't even...
    REDWOOD CITY – Police on Tuesday arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of robbing a Redwood City jewelry store at gunpoint. The incident was reported July 13 at Adriana’s Joyeria at 2315 El Camino Real, the Redwood City Police Department said in a statement. Redwood City police detectives on Tuesday arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with an armed robbery and recovered two firearms, including a stolen Sig Sauer. Redwood City Police Department Police said a man entered the store, threatened a person with a black semiautomatic handgun, and demanded the safe and items from the display case. He then racked the firearm and tried to pull the trigger, but it appeared to malfunction and ejected two live rounds. After smashing a glass countertop with his right hand, the suspect ran out the door, got into a waiting vehicle at Hancock Avenue and left the area, police said. On Tuesday, detectives served search warrants in Redwood City and Menlo Park after identifying a possible suspect. The suspect was arrested at one of the sites and booked into San Mateo County jail...
    A former Republican candidate for mayor of San Francisco says the city is run by ‘left-wing ideologues’ whose calls to defund the police are responsible for low morale among cops and whose policies are to blame for the rise in crime. Richie Greenberg made the comments just a day after video emerged on social media showing shoplifters brazenly making off with stolen goods after ransacking a local Neiman Marcus store. Crime statistics indicate an increase in burglaries this year compared to 2020, with critics blasting the progressive district attorney, Chesa Boudin, for being too lax in meting out punishments to offenders.  ‘I called this years ago and we see this is now coming to fruition,’ Greenberg told Fox News on Wednesday. ‘It’s astounding, it’s jaw-dropping, it’s completely unacceptable...it’s outrageous,’ he said. Richie Greenberg, a former Republican candidate for mayor of San Francisco, says the city is run by ‘left-wing ideologues’ whose calls to defund the police are responsible for low morale among cops and whose policies are to blame for the rise in crime Greenberg says...
    SHOCKING video footage captured the moment that a group of looters brazenly ransacked a Neiman Marcus store, making off with a number of designer handbags. Police say at least nine people smashed display cases, snatched bags, and ran out of the store in San Francisco's Union Square at 6pm on Monday. 6Police say at least nine people were involved in the brazen robberyCredit: Sfstress415 6Credit: Sdstreets451 The cohort of thieves had fled the scene by the time officers arrived, police said. Witnesses told KTVU that the brazen robbery happened just before the store was about to close. Dramatic cellphone footage shows the suspects bolting out the front door of the store with their arms filled with merchandise. They all scarper in different directions and appear to then flee the scene in awaiting getaway cars parked out front. Photos captured inside the store show smashed display cases and toppled mannequins. Witnesses told police they counted at least nine people - both men and women - fleeing from the store with stolen goods. In a statement to KTVU, a...
    (CNN)The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) is trying to identify a group of robbery suspects caught on video brazenly taking handbags from a high-end department store on Monday evening.In video taken by a witness and obtained by CNN affiliate KGO, about 10 suspects -- wearing face coverings and hooded sweatshirts -- run out of the front door of the San Francisco Neiman Marcus store carrying handbags, some with the security cables still attached.The video shows the suspects run off screen, and three vehicles then speed off down the street.SFPD confirmed the incident in a statement, saying no suspect has been arrested yet."Officers arrived on scene and met with the victim who stated that multiple suspects entered the store, grabbed merchandise and fled the scene in multiple vehicles," according to a statement from the SFPD.Read MoreThe theft comes amid concerns about ongoing retail crime in San Francisco, particularly at chain drug stores like CVS and Walgreens. A suspect in a particularly brazen theft at a Walgreens last month, also caught on video, was later arrested and charged with carrying out a...
    More On: shoplifting Suspected Walgreens shoplifter arrested for another alleged theft Thieves now mock the rule of law in ‘progressive’ cities like San Francisco San Francisco cops say viral Walgreens shoplifting incident is par for the course Brazen shoplifter loads up at Walgreens in front of security, leaves on bike Looters ransacked a San Francisco Neiman Marcus — making off with a number of high-end bags from the store amid the surging shoplifting trend that has plagued businesses in the city, reports say. Cops say at least nine people smashed the display cases, grabbed the bags and bolted out the front door before officers arrived around 6 p.m. Monday, according to Yahoo News. Cell phone video captured the crew running out of the store with arms full of the stolen goods before jumping in a getaway car, Fox 2 reported. Witnesses said the smash-and-grab unfolded just before the store was set to close for the night, according to the outlet. The heist is the latest in a year-long trend of increased store thefts in the city....
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Police are investigating a case of shoplifting at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.RELATED: Target, Walgreens make drastic changes due to increase in San Francisco theftsVideo obtained by ABC7 shows suspects running out of the department store with designer handbags. SFPD confirms this shoplifting incident at Neiman Marcus in Union Square at about 5:49 pm.A man I spoke w/tonite says his wife works in area, saw it happen & sent me this video which is circulating online. Handbags at Palo Alto NM were also stolen in a similar fashion in May pic.twitter.com/KOSY8sbaGO— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) July 6, 2021Police say the incident happened Monday at 5:49 p.m. at the store located at 150 Stockton Street in Union Square.A victim told police several suspects entered the store, grabbed the merchandise and left the scene in multiple cars.No arrests were made.RELATED: 'Traumatizing': Burglar slams car into SF business to steal reported $20K in lottery scratchersThose with information on the incident are asked to contact San Francisco police at (415) 575-4444 or test a tip to TIP411.
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