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    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) – As crime and and violence in the Bay Area continues to make national headlines, police in San Francisco said they continue to make arrests, and investigate armed robberies and car burglaries. The department explained it takes time to track and locate suspects given the organization behind these crimes. READ MORE: Walnut Creek Police Arrest Suspected Shoplifter, Recover $2000 In Stolen Merchandise I“We’re out here doing these operations, conducting these investigations, we’re putting together good cases, we’re making good arrests, and we’re going to keep doing that,” said Ofc. Adam Lobsinger, a public information officer for the San Francisco Police Department. “We’re going to keep making arrest and presenting cases to the D.A.’s offices.” Police say these crimes need to be treated seriously because the charge of stolen property only begins to describe the attributes of these cases. Suspects have been found with weapons and can be a danger to the public. The department’s investigations into these crimes recovered ghost guns and suspect vehicles they were following well before making arrests. Last week, five...
    Former Democratic New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind criticized Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Monday for downplaying crime in major cities across the U.S. Ocasio-Cortez told the Washington Times that “a lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out.” Hikind replied that Ocasio-Cortez was “out of control.”  “All she’s interested is defund the police, close the prisons down, defund the prisons,” he said on Fox News. “I think it’s time to defund AOC. She’s a danger. I really think she’s a danger. These crimes that are being committed, there are real victims out there.” He also said her bail reform is “ridiculous” and that she’s a “disaster for the average American.” “AOC doesn’t care about victims,” Hikind argued. “She cares about the criminals.” WATCH: Hikind also asked why the members of his party were not supporting the victims of crime.  “Republicans are speaking out on this,” Hikind said. “Where are people from my Democratic Party, are they blind? Maybe AOC is blind. Clearly, she doesn’t see it. Where are the others in...
    A former Democrat state lawmaker slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., after she undermined the existence of smash-and-grab robberies across the country, calling her a "danger" as she advocates emptying prisons and defunding the police.  GOP, BUSINESSES SLAM AOC FOR DOUBTING EXISTENCE OF SMASH-AND-GRAB ROBBERIES: ‘TONE-DEAF AND OFFENSIVE’  Former New York assemblyman Dov Hikind joined "Fox & Friends First" on Monday to discuss her remarks, as many critics argue the rhetoric is "tone-deaf" amid a rampant crime surge nationwide.  "These crimes that are being committed, there are real victims out there," Hikind explained. "The bail reform that she supports, where criminals walk out before the police officer finishes the paperwork, it's ridiculous, causing new victims out there. It is really out of control." Last week, Ocasio-Cortez cast doubt on the existence of mass smash-sand-grab robberies around the country.  "A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out," Ocasio-Cortez stated. Walgreens, among other retailers and lawmakers, pushed back on her remarks arguing organized retail theft is one of the most significant issues plaguing its company specifically.  "Republicans...
    This is a rush transcript from "Gutfeld!," December 2, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. GREG GUTFELD, FOX NEWS HOST (on camera): Happy Thursday, everyone. So, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We're getting signs of snow that for once is in under Kat's nose. But nothing says the holiday spirit like boarded up storefronts and high-end shopping districts. Sorry rich Bay Area liberals, your stocking is going to be emptier than Joy Reid's head. Thanks to the rise in smash and grabs, places like Union Square in San Fran are boarding up more businesses than Minneapolis did, while waiting for the Chauvin verdict. Deck the halls has been replaced with deck the security guard. Who needs mistletoe when you can kiss your ass goodbye? Whether it's brutal home invasions or grisly street attacks, Santa's naughty list is growing faster than Alec Baldwin's legal bills. Police officers have been shot and killed this year at all-time highs. 314 officers were shot so far, a 43 percent increase since 2018. Ambush...
    The firebrand progressive lawmaker said in an interview earlier this week that 'a lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out' Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is catching heat from Republican lawmakers and retail groups over comments dismissing a wave of smash-and-grab robberies that's gripped parts of the United States in recent weeks. 'The pure tone deaf arrogance of the Progressive Left is astounding,' GOP Rep. Greg Murphy wrote on Twitter Sunday in response to the progressive firebrand's remarks.  'They want to Defund the Police and then deny that the result is an increase in crime.' Speaking to the Washington Times earlier this week Ocasio-Cortez claimed, 'A lot of these allegations of organized retail theft are not actually panning out.'  'I believe it’s a Walgreens in California cited it, but the data didn’t back it up.' She was referring to an incident late last month during which four people armed with hammers broke into a Bay Area Walgreens and stole $2,400 worth of cosmetics and other merchandise.  The pharmacy chain was targeted earlier in November as well,...
    On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo (D) disagreed with White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s assertion that the pandemic is a root cause of the recent wave of smash and grab retail thefts and argued that criminals are at the root of the crimes. Co-host Dana Perino asked, “[T]he White House yesterday said that they believe that the pandemic is at the root cause of a lot of this smash and grab crime. Do you think that’s right?” Liccardo answered, “No. I think criminals are at the root of smash and grab crimes and criminals come up with new arrangements every time that we catch them on the old ones. And this is just the nature of criminal enforcement. Look, I’m a former prosecutor, we’ve just got to be more nimble. We’ve got to use technological tools and we need to be smart about how we use our police departments. Here in San Jose, we don’t defund. We make sure we do all we can to ensure officers are out there on the...
    PALO ALTO (KPIX) — A longtime San Jose business owner has cleared out his shop and closed his doors indefinitely amid a spate of brazen retail robberies across the Bay Area. “I felt for us it was not only the safest thing but the smartest thing to just pull back, pull our inventory and close the doors,” said Danny Ryan who owns Kickz Inc. on Stevens Creek Blvd. “Our retail store will be closed indefinitely until further notice.” Ryan first announced the closure of his sneaker and clothing store earlier this week on Instagram with a caption that read “due to all the recent events going on all over the Bay Area — we have decided to pull everything off shelves and full shut down.” Ryan said he made the decision because of the wave of smash-and-grab robberies that have left business owners boarding up and locking their doors with many of them struggling financially in recent months. He didn’t want to be hit next. The latest retail robbery occurred Thursday afternoon at Eastridge Center when five masked, hooded and...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles police recently announced the arrests of 14 suspects in a series of smash-and-grab robberies across the city.And not one of them spent more than a day in jail.Zero-bail policies meant the suspects were quickly released from custody after they were arrested and booked for the crimes. One was a juvenile. All remain free while awaiting their court cases to work through the system.Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore says city businesses were hit with a a spree of 11 smash-and-grab robberies over a span of 10 days in November. About $338,000 in property was stolen, as well as $40,000 in damage incurred by the stores.Moore points the finger at the current zero-bail policy, designed to reduce jail populations during the pandemic.Moore says auto thefts have been up for the past two years - the first rise, he says, in decades.And Mayor Eric Garcetti says violent crime has crept up 3.5% this year.He says the criminal justice system and judges need to scale back the zero-bail policy."There are people who need to be behind...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — There are selfies in front of the big tree, skaters on the ice, shoppers with bags in hand and surrounding all of that holiday joy, a large presence from the San Francisco Police Department all around Union Square. The show of force is in response to the late November smash-and-grab of the Louis Vuitton store and Union Square businesses, as well as other organized retail flash mob thefts in shopping districts around the Bay Area. READ MORE: Omicron Variant Outbreak Reported In Alameda County Among People Already Vaccinated; Cases 'Mildly Symptomatic'Marisa Rodriguez, executive director of the Union Square Alliance says foot traffic is up 135 percent from 2020. “We’re seeing a lot of people in and around the Union Square area enjoying the holidays. In fact, Black Friday saw a record number of people since 2020, since the pandemic began,” said Rodriguez. “So strong numbers, certainly not what we saw in 2019 – no one across the country is seeing what we saw in 2019 – but we certainly saw some huge improvements.” READ MORE:...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – The recent surge of smash-and-grab robberies in the Bay Area has businesses on edge. But one group of merchants are concerned about being easy targets for the next robbery. Small merchants who do business in outdoor strip malls and local business districts say they are the most exposed to the criminal element. READ MORE: Omicron Variant Outbreak Reported In Alameda County Among People Already Vaccinated; Cases 'Mildly Symptomatic'“It’s really sad and it’s unbelievable that things are happening like this,” said Cesar Pascal, who owns Plaza Jewelers with his wife near downtown San Jose. “They know that Christmas time is here, and stores are getting ready to sell more items and they have the inventory. It’s just really sad and everybody is really worried that they could be next,” Pascal told KPIX 5 on Friday, one day after five robbers targeted a jewelry store at Eastridge Mall. But in Pascal’s case, it already happened. Last March, his jewelry store near downtown San Jose was violently robbed by three suspects. They smashed the glass cases and took...
    Former President Donald Trump blasted his successor as a 'one trick pony,' after the Biden administration said employers had added just 210,000 jobs in November. That number fell short of economists' forecasts even though the White House trumpeted it as showing America was getting back to work.   'America fell 340,000 jobs short of the very modest expectations set by economists,' said Trump in an emailed statement. 'That’s because Joe Biden is a one trick pony, “Get the vaccine.” But no one trusts this administration.' The latest figures suggest companies are still cautious about hiring as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.  The data were compiled by the Department of Labor before Wednesday's announcement that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was found in the U.S.   Even so Biden said unemployment had dropped faster under him than under any other president in their first term. That brought a stinging response from Trump who said his vaccine was the only thing that was working, as Americans battled record gas prices and inflation. Former President Trump described Joe Biden as a 'one trick pony' as he blasted...
    The spate of smash-and-grab robberies plaguing Los Angeles made its way to Rancho Dominguez this week, where authorities say cash, jewelry and other items were taken from the Del Amo Swap Meet. The incident occurred around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Deputy Grace Medrano of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Video provided to The Times showed several people making off with goods amid broken glass and blaring alarms. The witness who took the video said there were several people shopping at the time of the robbery and that the thieves “faked a fight” to distract security guards before breaking the glass and grabbing the items. “People were scared [and] running away because the glass-smashing sounded like gunshots,” said the witness, who asked to remain anonymous. California Four storefronts smashed in Burbank burglaries, police say Clothing and cash were taken from at least one of four businesses struck by burglars overnight in Burbank, police said. Two employees were shoved to the ground, but it was not clear whether they were injured, the witness said, adding that...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Five people have been sentenced in one of the largest retail theft ring busts in California history. California Attorney General Rob Bonta on Friday announced the sentencing after the five pleaded guilty to participating in a multi-million dollar theft scheme targeting Bay Area retailers, with charges inclulding conspiracy, receiving stolen property, money laundering along with enhancements. READ MORE: San Francisco City Hall Briefly Locked Down Due To Suspicious Package“The retail theft we’re seeing across California is unacceptable,” said Bonta. “Those who break the law and peddle stolen goods, they will be held accountable.” READ MORE: Owner of Acupuncture Clinics Chain Pleads No Contest to Insurance FraudBonta said this case actually started in 2020 and involved a network of criminals using a distribution center that moved millions of dollars in stolen merchandise.   MORE NEWS: Ceres Man Pleads Guilty To Operating International Cockfighting Breeding FarmThis is a breaking news update. More information to be added as available.
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KABC) -- Spurred by a recent run of large-scale smash-and-grab robberies, prosecutors and retailers are pushing back on assertions by California's governor and attorney general that they have enough tools to combat retail theft in the wake of a voter-approved easing of related laws."We cannot function as a society where we have told people over and over again that there is no consequence for stealing other people's property," said Vern Pierson, immediate past president of the California District Attorneys Association and El Dorado County's district attorney."We feel a little bit like we're under assault," California Retailers Association President and CEO Rachel Michelin said separately.Shoplifting has been a growing problem, Michelin said, but recent large-scale thefts in California and elsewhere across the nation in which groups of individuals rush into stores and take goods in plain sight or smash and grab from display cases is "raising it to a whole new level."California is hardly alone, with similar brazen incidents seen in Minnesota, Chicago's North Michigan Avenue and North Rush Street and many other locations.Authorities in Oak Brook, Illinois, for...
    Federal law enforcement agencies are working with local officials to crack down on a wave of smash-and-grab raids, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced on Friday, a day after she said the pandemic was behind the surge in crime. Big U.S. cities are being plagued by gangs of thieves storming through luxury stores and making of with thousands of dollars in merchandise at a time.  San Francisco and Los Angeles have been particularly badly affected.   Psaki was asked about the issue on Thursday and said the pandemic was a 'root cause' of the problem. A day later she brought up the subject withou#t being asked during her daily briefing. 'The Justice Department, the FBI and federal law enforcement has been in touch, in contact with jurisdictions where we have seen this high level of retail theft,' she said.  She said the FBI was working with a task force set up with LA Police and that San Francisco was getting funding to hire 50 more officers.   California is worst affected but cities across the nation have been hit, including Chicago...
    A statewide zero cash bail policy for misdemeanors and lower-level felonies was implemented last year as part of a supposed effort to reduce overcrowding in jails amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the policy ended in June. A similar policy, however, was continued in Los Angeles County after Gascón was sworn in. On Twitter, the district attorney called the money bail system "unsafe" and "unjust" and vowed to end it altogether. He later told U.S. News and World Report that "eliminating money bail is one of the moral imperatives of our generation." Amid the news of the 14 released looting suspects, Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined Moore calling for the policy to be terminated. "We need the help of our criminal justice system, of our judges, of our jailers," Garcetti said. "We have opened up a lot of the city because we're in a better place with COVID. We should be able to also open up our jails, and we should be able to have judges that put people behind those bars."
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Officers patrolling San Francisco neighborhoods during a crackdown of the rampant surge of vehicle smash-and-grab burglaries have arrested four men and a juvenile and seized several firearms. The citywide auto burglary and armed robbery abatement operation took place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. READ MORE: Smash-And-Grab Thieves Hit San Jose Eastridge Mall Jewelry Store; 5 SoughtInvestigators said that on Black Friday at approximately 4:55 p.m., officers were patrolling the area of Fulton and Lyon Streets when they observed a white sedan actively casing multiple vehicles. Officers moved in and contained the vehicle. Both suspects attempted to flee the scene, but were taken into custody. The suspects have been identified as 28-year-old Donnell Lee Mark of Vallejo and a 15-year-old juvenile from San Francisco. A search of the suspects’ vehicle uncovered a fully operational “ghost gun” as well as personal belongings and several items of evidence linking them to numerous auto break-ins. Mark has been booked into San Francisco County jail on charges that included second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and possession...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Police are investigating after three men broke into a clothing store in the South Loop near Roosevelt and Wells. They targeted Divinity Seven and pried open the door just before 6 a.m. Friday morning. Police say the thieves stole some clothes and the cash register before driving off in a silver sedan.
    Fourteen suspects accused of "smash and grab" incidences have been released from custody partially through a "zero bail" policy passed by California's Supreme Court earlier this year, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed. LAPD Chief Michel Moore said all those released, one of whom was a minor, met the criteria for the "zero bail " policy, which orders judges to consider what a person can afford when setting bail, or were able to meet bail. "All the suspects taken into custody are out of custody, either as a result of one juvenile, or the others as a result of bailing out or zero-bail criteria," Moore said in a Thursday news conference. 80 BURGLARS RANSACK NORDSTROM WITH WEAPONS: 'IT WAS LIKE A SCENE OUT OF A MOVIE' Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said his office still intends to file charges for the robberies. "Our office has been collaborating with multiple law enforcement agencies and, once all the evidence has been gathered, we will review the cases to determine what criminal charges should be...
    Los Angeles Police Department officials announced several arrests Thursday after the city saw nearly a dozen robberies in mid-to-late November. Authorities said fourteen people were arrested after being linked to 11 smash-and-grab robberies between Nov. 18 and 28, but all are now out of custody, The Associated Press reported. Most who were released bailed out or met no-bail criteria. Democratic Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti suggested an end a no-bail policy for select defendants during a news conference Thursday in an attempt to prevent overcrowding in Los Angeles County jails, according to AP. “We need the help of our criminal justice system, of our judges, of our jailers,” Garcetti told reporters, according to AP. “We have opened up a lot of the city because we’re in a better place with COVID. We should be able to also open up our jails, and we should be able to have judges that put people behind those bars.” (RELATED: ‘Smash-And-Grab’ Thieves Brazenly Loot Jewelry Store In San Jose Mall) Wave of ‘smash-and-grab’ robberies hit luxury stores in LA and San Francisco pic.twitter.com/HqnOiA2qoL — The...
    Police in Los Angeles have announced 14 arrests in connection with 11 recent smash-and-grab robberies at stores where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen, but all the suspects have been released. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said that most of the accused robbers suspected of ransacking businesses between November 18 and 28 bailed out or met no-bail criteria, and one is a juvenile. At a joint news conference on Thursday announcing the arrests, both Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti called for an end to a no-bail policy for some defendants aimed at reducing overcrowding at Los Angeles County jails during the coronavirus pandemic. Garcetti said with the pandemic easing, it's time to make room again in lockups for criminals who commit violent acts and put store employees in danger.  LAPD's top cop said at least $338,000 in goods were stolen over ten days from stores and malls across the city that incurred $40,000 in property damage. Investigators are searching for multiple outstanding suspects, he said. The brazen heists were part of a rash of organized retail crime in...
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reportedly is investigating a video that appears to show a group of individuals carrying out a smash-and-grab type robbery at a jewelry business.  The incident happened at the Del Amo Plaza shopping center in Rancho Dominguez, according to KABC.  A video posted on TikTok and Twitter purportedly showing the robbery unfold depicts one individual breaking a glass case at the business. Seconds later, another unidentified person carrying an object hops over the display case and sprints out of sight.  The robbery happened at the Del Amo Plaza shopping center in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., reports say. CALIFORNIA’S ZERO-BAIL POLICY SETS FREE 14 SMASH AND GRAB ROBBERY SUSPECTS, POLICE CHIEF SAYS  Two people have been detained in the wake of the incident, KABC reports.  Fox News has reached out to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for further comment.  Los Angeles police recently arrested 14 suspects in connection with 11 "smash and grab" robberies in the city in late November – but all 14 suspects are back on the street, the city’s police chief has said. ...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — A small jewelry store in Eastridge Center in San Jose is the latest business to be hit in a wave of smash-and-grabs plaguing the Bay Area. The owner of Quick Service Jewelry, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KPIX that five people wearing masks, hoodies and gloves walked into his store around 2:50 p.m. and smashed display cases and grabbing everything they could. The gang of thieves was in and out in about 15 seconds, never speaking a word, the owner said. EXCLUSIVE: Smash-and-grab caught on surveillance cameras at Eastridge Mall in San Jose — shows 5 people walk into a jewelry store with hammers and grab as much jewelry as they can. The heist took less than 15 seconds. The mall also has cameras; police searching for suspects. pic.twitter.com/hIOxQJbpVR — Maria Cid Medina (@MariaKPIX) December 3, 2021 The store is located near an entrance to the mall, giving the thieves an avenue to flee the area quickly before officers arrived. “I just screamed and said, ‘help, help, help,'” the owner said. “It...
    California officials on Thursday announced that they had made 14 arrests in connection to the smash-and-grab robberies happening around the state. None of the suspects remain in custody, Mayor Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiGarcetti was aware of sexual harassment allegations against top aide: report LA councilmembers vote to ban 'ghost guns' France to test flying taxi routes ahead of 2024 Summer Olympics MORE and Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said during a press conference, adding that one suspect is a minor. The suspects are not in custody due to a zero-bail policy established last year for certain crimes to reduce the jail population during the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspects either posted bail or were released without bail, according to the Los Angeles Times. “There are people who need to be behind bars,” Garcetti said. “We have opened up a lot of the city because we’re in a better place with COVID. We should be able to also open up our jails, and we should be able to have judges that put people behind those bars as well.” Garcetti reassured people that shopping is...
    By CHRISTOPHER WEBER | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES  — Authorities in Los Angeles on Thursday announced more than a dozen arrests in recent smash-and-grab thefts at stores where nearly $340,000 worth of merchandise was stolen, part of a rash of organized retail crime in California. Fourteen people were arrested in connection with 11 brazen robberies between Nov. 18 and 28, and all are out of custody, police Chief Michel Moore said. Most bailed out or met no-bail criteria, and one is a juvenile, he said. At a joint news conference, both Moore and Mayor Eric Garcetti called for an end to a no-bail policy for some defendants aimed at reducing overcrowding at Los Angeles County jails during the coronavirus pandemic. Garcetti said with the pandemic easing, it’s time to make room again in lockups for criminals who commit violent acts and put store employees in danger. “We need the help of our criminal justice system, of our judges, of our jailers,” Garcetti said. “We have opened up a lot of the city because we’re in a better place with...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles police have arrested 14 suspects in connection with a series of smash-and-grab robberies at local stores last month.Police say there were at least 11 such robberies around Los Angeles in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, resulting in the theft of some $338,000 in retail goods.Many of them involved flash mobs who swoop in quickly to a retail store, like Nordstrom at the Grove, smash glass cases and grab as many items as they can before fleeing.The 14 arrests were linked to five such incidents. Three arrests resulted after a long, high-speed chase in which officers caught the suspects with car full of stolen merchandise.Police acknowledged that after the arrests, all 14 suspects are now free again, under no-and-low bail policies that have been enacted in Los Angeles County recently. At least one suspect was a juvenile.Community leaders call for end to smash-and-grab robberiesEMBED More News Videos Religious and community leaders gathered in Compton to condemn recent smash-and-grab robberies seen at malls and stores in Southern California. Most of the merchandise was being resold...
    After a spate of brazen smash-and-grab robberies left Los Angeles-area retailers and shoppers on edge last month, officials announced Thursday that they had arrested 14 suspects in connection with the crimes. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore, joined by other officials and members of the business community at LAPD headquarters, said none of the 14 suspects remains in custody. One of the suspects is a juvenile, Moore said. The others either posted bail or were released without bail. California Black Friday smash-and-grab robberies put LAPD on tactical alert The Los Angeles Police Department went on tactical alert late Friday night after a series of reports of smash-and-grab robberies. The chief pointed to zero-bail policies that were put in place last year for certain crimes, including burglary, as a public health measure to reduce jail populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. “There’s criminal elements that are recognizing that condition and are capitalizing on it,” Moore said. He pointed to one of the incidents as an example — the Nov. 23 smash-and-grab...
    SAN BRUNO – A 43-year-old Oakland man has been arrested in connection with a smash-and-grab robbery in San Bruno, police said. Just before 9 p.m. on Nov. 28, officers were called to the Target store at 1150 El Camino Real for a report of a person who had shattered a locked display case and taken several electronic items worth $1,000, according to the San Bruno Police Department. Officers searched the area and found the suspect at the San Bruno BART station at 1151 Huntington Ave. As he was being detained, the suspect tried to jump in front of an oncoming BART train, police said, but “officers acted quickly and were able to stop him from harming himself.” Police said the stolen merchandise was recovered. The suspect was arrested and booked into San Mateo County jail on charges of grand theft, possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and resisting or delaying officers. Anyone with information related to the case can contact the police department at 650-616-7100 or sbpdtipline@sanbruno.ca.gov. Information can be left anonymously. Related Articles S.F.: Man fatally shot...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- San Jose police are investigating a new smash and grab robbery Thursday night.RELATED: San Jose approves license plate readers in effort to deter retail theftsIt happened at Quick Service Jewelry Design late Thursday inside the Eastridge Mall in East San Jose.Officers say four masked suspects entered the business with hammers and started smashing display cases.They took several items and then left on foot.No one was hurt.VIDEO: More than $50K in merchandise stolen from Lululemon in Santana Row and Westfield Valley Fair MallEMBED More News Videos Thieves stole $40,000 in merchandise from the Lululemon store in Santana Row and $7,000 in sunglasses from Westfield Valley Fair Mall in San Jose.
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — In an effort to combat the spike in retail “smash-mob” robberies plaguing the Bay Area, the San Jose city council has approved spending a portion of federal COVID-19 relief money on license plate readers (LPRs). The vote to allocate the $250,000 towards LPRs was unanimous and was included as a line item, amongst other expenditures, of $18.3 million dollars of American Rescue Plan Act funds, San Jose received from the Biden Administration. READ MORE: San Jose Homicide Suspects Released Without Posting Bail; Cops Tweet 'The System Has Failed'Mayor Sam Liccardo announced a push for the funding in response to recent incidents at Valley Fair, Santana Row, and downtown San Jose, where large groups of thieves rushed in and ransacked stores. In a memo, Liccardo wrote the LPRs would “enable SJPD to better deter and make arrests in armed ‘smash-mob’ burglaries and robberies, auto thefts, and drive-by shootings.” The memo stated that data collected from the LPRs would not be shared with federal immigration authorities. “Where culprits are attempting to evade the license plate readers, all the...
    A San Francisco police lieutenant said Tuesday that the Golden City is "spiraling" amid a troubling string of smash-and-grab robberies that have plagued local retailers ahead of the holiday shopping season.  "San Francisco, as you can see from all the video, the boarded-up shops, empty spaces for retail, is a city that is spiraling or already in the bottom of the toilet," Lieutenant Tracy McCray told Fox News primetime host Tucker Carlson. California lawmakers have come under fire for failing to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators behind the ongoing organized retail theft. Critics blame the state's liberal policies for the looting surge, specifically a law known as ‘Proposition 47,’ which lowers the penalty for theft, effectively legalizing shoplifting.  SMASH-AND-GRAB THIEVES ATTACK STORES AROUND THE COUNTRY, CALIFORNIA SECURITY GUARD SHOT DEAD AS CRIME RAGES McCray, who oversees the robbery unit for the San Francisco Police Department said it is "very frustrating" to watch her city deteriorate, and blamed the city's kid-glove treatment of criminals for tying her hands.  Security footage of a smash-and-grab robbery:  City of Concord PD (City of Concord PD) NEWSOM TELLS...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Bucktown bike shop was broken into and burglarized Tuesday morning, according to Chicago police.Police said they were called to BFF Bikes in the 2000 block of N. Damen Ave., just before 7 a.m.Store employee Kate Roca said when she arrived, she found one of the windows shattered and five high-end bikes stolen.RELATED: Chicago Burberry store on Michigan Avenue hit by thieves"It looks like they knew what they were going for, trying to get the high-value bikes," said Roca. "It was pretty scary to see the bike shop all broken up and broken into."No one was hurt.The store has been in business for at least seven years.Anyone with information is asked to call police.
    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,...
    WALNUT CREEK (BCN/CBS SF) — The Walnut Creek City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss hiring five new police officers to patrol downtown in response to the Nov. 20 looting of Nordstrom by 90 masked bandits rushing the store just before closing, making off with about $125,000 in merchandise. One of three suspects arrested in the mob-style robbery pleaded not guilty to a series of felony charges in court on Monday. READ MORE: Kevin Nishita's Daughter Opens Up After Fatal Shooting; 'He Doesn't Want Us To Be Sad'ALSO READ: Nervous Holiday Shoppers Find Barricades, More Police After Walnut Creek Smash-and-Grab Robberies Police said they found more than $2,000 worth of merchandise in 19-year-old Rodney Robinson’s car. Robinson was denied bail by the presiding judge in Martinez. His godfather told KPIX off camera that the charges were “not in his godson’s character.” He added that he didn’t see Robinson as the “brainchild behind it” and that it must’ve been “an opportunity that presented itself” in the wake of the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal. Last week, Robinson and two other suspects...
    Former President Donald Trump called for states to deploy the National Guard to help deal with rampant retail looting, or "smash-and-grab" incidents, in a Tuesday statement. Trump said that if the Democratic politicians in charge of cities where the mass lootings are taking place don't take action, the National Guard "must be called out." SHOPLIFTERS PACK CARS WITH $1,600 IN STOLEN GROCERIES IN BROAD DAYLIGHT “If Democrats don’t immediately stop smash-and-grab robberies, which are taking place in their cities, the National Guard must be called out. There has never been such a thing that has happened in our Country," Trump said in the statement. "Large numbers of stores are leaving San Francisco and other cities. Some chains are closing most of their stores, it is all not even believable.” NEW!President Donald J. Trump:“If Democrats don’t immediately stop smash-and-grab robberies, which are taking place in their cities, the National Guard must be called out. There has never been such a thing that has happened in our Country. Large numbers of stores are leaving pic.twitter.com/oNd1adbYsb— Liz Harrington...
    Police union leaders are blaming the ACLU for the recent smash-and-grab robberies that have plagued California ahead of holiday shopping season.  "When society removes accountability for bad behavior, criminals get emboldened to commit more crimes, drug addicts thumb their noses at mandatory treatment and vandalism and petty theft turn into riotous looting and murder," President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, Craig Lally, told Fox News.  SMASH-AND-GRAB THIEVES ATTACK STORES AROUND THE COUNTRY, CALIFORNIA SECURITY GUARD SHOT DEAD AS CRIME RAGES "One does not need to be clairvoyant to have predicted that in California the ACLU’s Proposition 47 would turn a family trip to the mall or a Home Depot into a dangerous gamble for our residents." The Los Angeles Police Protective League is among a list of police unions that are sponsoring a website called ACLU Watch, which is "dedicated to fighting for victim’s rights, accountability for criminals, and exposing those that defend the indefensible."  Security footage of a smash-and-grab robbery:  City of Concord PD (City of Concord PD) The website launched this week and includes data...
    Former President TrumpDonald TrumpPence: Supreme Court has chance to right 'historic wrong' with abortion ruling Prosecutor says during trial that actor Jussie Smollett staged 'fake hate crime' Overnight Defense & National Security — US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE on Tuesday decried the spike in smash-and-grab robberies that have taken place across the country, calling on Democrats to take action to “immediately” stop the crimes. “If Democrats don't immediately stop smash-and-grab robberies, which are taking place in their cities, the National Guard must be called out. There has never been such a thing that has happened in our Country,” Trump said in a statement. “Large numbers of stores are leaving San Francisco and other cities. Some chains are closing most of their stores, it is all not even believable,” he added. The former president’s comments come as a number of cities throughout the nation are seeing a spike in smash-and-grab robberies, which were especially prevalent on Black Friday. Los Angeles Police Department reported a string of robberies in the city Friday evening, while a group of between 20 and 30 people stole...
    PALO ALTO (KPIX) — This holiday season the California Highway Patrol will provide additional armed protection at major shopping malls across the state as retail robberies become more frequent and brazen. Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the state officers to increase patrols on freeways adjacent to busy California shopping centers and make stops at the malls. READ MORE: COVID: Omicron Variant Has Some Bay Area Families Revising Holiday Travel Plans“They’re not just stealing people’s products and impacting their livelihoods, they’re stealing a sense of place and confidence,” Newsom said. The CHP’s Organized Retail Crime Task Force plans to also help local law enforcement investigate retail crimes and recover stolen merchandise. Since 2019, the task force has made 240 arrests and recovered $18.9 million in stolen goods. “I don’t feel safe anymore,” said Jocelyn Quiroz. “We try not to go to San Francisco anymore because it doesn’t make sense to go there right now.” Quiroz, who chose to shop on Monday at the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, said she’s more vigilant of her surroundings while shopping and picky...
    SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Dozens of burglars smashed into the doors of a shoe store Sunday night and stole thousands of dollars worth of shoes in the latest smash-and-grab robbery in the Bay Area. After retailers in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and the South Bay were overwhelmed by thieves on a tear earlier this month, the shoe store Fix Kicks was overtaken by 25-35 burglars Sunday night, according to reports. READ MORE: San Leandro Police Arrest 2 Suspects -- Age 12 and 13 -- in Armed CarjackingAt some time late Sunday, dozens of burglars bore down on the shoe store, breaking the glass on the front windows and doors. It’s unclear how much merchandise was taken, but pairs of Air Jordans worth over $1,000 were reportedly among the items stolen. Santa Clara police later confirmed that they received 9-1-1 calls just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday night regarding a large group of suspects burglarizing the store on the 2000 block of El Camino Real. Arriving Santa Clara police saw numerous vehicles fleeing in different directions as they arrived on scene....
    SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) — Dozens of burglars smashed into the doors of a shoe store Sunday night and stole thousands of dollars worth of shoes in the latest smash-and-grab robbery in the Bay Area. After retailers in San Francisco, Walnut Creek and the South Bay were overwhelmed by thieves on a tear earlier this month, the shoe store Fix Kicks was overtaken by 25-35 burglars Sunday night, according to reports. READ MORE: Port Of Oakland Cargo Volume Down 20% In October As Ships DivertedDetails on the crime are scant as Santa Clara Police had yet to release a statement Monday afternoon, but some time late Sunday dozens of burglars bore down on the shoe store, breaking the glass on the front windows and doors. It’s unclear how much merchandise was taken, but pairs of Air Jordans worth over $1,000 were taken. READ MORE: CHP: Woman Killed, 4 Hospitalized In Weekend Union City DUI Crash; Driver ArrestedAnthony Becker, a member of the Santa Clara City Council, released a statement decrying the burglary and demanded that something be done about “organized...
    Authorities have identified four suspects who allegedly robbed a Home Depot in Los Angeles County on Friday.  The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department along with officers from the Beverly Hills Police Department made the arrests early Saturday morning after the "flash mob burglary" at the Lakewood store, authorities from the sheriff's department reported. The arrestees include Everett Lestorkindle, 22; Bronz Jackson, 20; Shawn Jones, 19; and Daniel DeHughes, 19. As of Sunday, DeHughes was receiving medical treatment prior to being booked. Lestorkindle, Jackson and Jones were held in lieu of $20,000 bail and were expected to appear in court on Tuesday. The arrests came after Beverly Hills officers conducted a traffic stop for a red vehicle with damages that matched the description of the vehicle involved in Friday's robbery.  The four men in the vehicle, who were dressed in dark clothing and in possession of new tools, were later detained upon the arrival of the sheriff's department. They are accused of conspiracy to commit burglary, authorities said. "There are still several more suspects, and suspect vehicles, being sought in this flash mob burglary and many more like it," the sheriff's office said. The robbery was...
    ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — Four hammer-wielding suspects smashed locked plexiglass cases at an Antioch Walgreens over the weekend, stealing $2,400 worth of cosmetics and other merchandise. Antioch police said the brazen smash-and-grab took place Saturday night at 8:36 p.m. at the Walgreens located at 3416 Deer Valley Road. READ MORE: Jack Dorsey Stepping Down As Twitter CEOAs stunned employees looked on, the four suspects pulled out hammers and began smashing the cases. The suspects were described as three males and a female. They wore “COVID-19 style masks and hoodie-style sweatshirts.” READ MORE: Travel Restrictions Begin Amid Growing Concerns Over The New COVID Omicron VariantNo injuries were reported. The four suspects fled and remained at large early Monday. MORE NEWS: Interrupted Car Burglary Turns Deadly In OaklandAnyone with information regarding the incident can contact Antioch police at (925) 779-6874 or text the key word ANTIOCH to 274637 (CRIMES).
    ALHAMBRA (CBSLA) – Police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary at an Michoacana Alhambra, an ice-cream shop, located at 2130 S. Fremont Ave., in Alhambra. (credit: Michoacana Alhambra) READ MORE: Three People Injured In Multi-Vehicle Crash In OrangeThe incident occurred at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning and the suspects were partially caught on security camera. READ MORE: Silver Alert Issued For Local Artist, 87-Year-Old Billy Al Bengston, Last Seen Early Sunday MorningPolice said that there were three suspects who broke in to the business and stole an unknown amount of money. Michocana Alhambra posted a message on Facebook encouraging fellow businesses to secure their valuables at night and remain vigilant. MORE NEWS: Racehorse Dies At Santa Anita Park, 20th Such Incident This Year 
    Authorities have identified four suspects in a smash-and-grab robbery at a Home Depot in Lakewood on Friday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department identified the suspects on Sunday as Everett Lestorkindle of Hawthorne, 22; and Los Angeles residents Bronz Jackson, 20; Shawn Jones, 19; and Daniel DeHughes, 19. Sheriff’s deputies were investigating the robbery after approximately eight people stormed into the Home Depot around 8 p.m. Friday and fled with $400 worth of sledgehammers, bolt cutters, hammers and crowbars, according to authorities. The four men were arrested early Saturday during a traffic stop by Beverly Hills police. Officers found new tools in the vehicle, possibly from Home Depot, officials said. The traffic stop occurred more than 30 miles from the Lakewood store. Lestorkindle, Jackson and Jones were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and are due Tuesday in the Bellflower Courthouse, authorities said. DeHughes was being medically treated before being booked. Deputies are still searching for several other suspects involved in the robbery, a Sheriff’s Department statement said. The Home Depot incident was one in a wave...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A documentary filmmaker from New York is sharing his story of being the victim of a smash-and-grab while visiting San Francisco for his latest project.Frank, who only wants to be identified by his first name was heading to the airport to catch a flight to Taiwan on Tuesday, November 23 when he stopped by Japantown for dinner. He says he parked along Post Street near the Japantown Center Mall feeling it would be a safe area."I've heard about it, my friends mentioned it to me before my travel, but having lived in New York the past 13 years I've never had this happen. It was crowded and full of people during dinner time so I felt good leaving some of the stuff in the trunk. It was probably a bad idea looking back now," says Frank.RELATED: $30K a month for guards: Businesses beef-up security across the Bay Area amid robberiesFrank says half-an-hour later he returned to his car and discovered his rear driver's side window was shattered and his film equipment, including hard drives with all...
    Smash-and-grab looters targeted stores across the country ahead of Thanksgiving and over Black Friday weekend, robbing stores of thousands of dollars in merchandise and even leaving one California security guard dead as he tried to protect a news crew that was reporting on the crimes.  "We tried to stop them," Home Depot employee Luis Romo told FOX 11 of a "flash mob" targeting the store in Lakewood, California, on Black Friday. "We closed the front entrance and they put their sledgehammers up and whoever got in the way, they were going to hurt them." The group of eight robbers stole hammers, crowbars and other tools, swiping about $400 worth of merchandise. Such tools have been used in other smash-and-grab robberies in the state, including in a Nordstrom in Walnut Creek, California, last week.  LA THIEVES ATTACK SECURITY GUARD IN CALIFORNIA'S LATEST SMASH-AND-GRAB The robbers reportedly fled in cars waiting in the parking lot. Police stopped a car with no plates later that night and detained four individuals who may be tied to the robbery.  A group of five suspects stole...
    Several localities across the United States have reported smash-and-grab robberies on Black Friday, contributing to a larger reported number of similar crimes in recent days. In California, the cities of Lakewood, Los Angeles and Monterey all experienced smash-and-grab robberies on the busy post-Thanksgiving shopping day.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that on Friday evening eight people entered a Home Depot in Lakewood, which is a part of Los Angeles County, and went directly to the tool aisle. Officials said that roughly $400 worth of sledgehammers, hammers and crowbars were immediately taken from the store. The department noted that the robbers may have gotten inside of a damaged, red Mercedes Benz upon taking off. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Police Department also reported a string of robberies in the city Friday evening. Several of those crimes involved physical altercations with staff: At one store a worker was reportedly sprayed with a chemical agent, while at another multiple employees were said to have been pushed to the ground as the robbers fled. Meanwhile, in Monterey, $30,000 worth of sunglasses were taken by...
    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. A security guard protecting a San Francisco television news crew was shot Wednesday during an attempted armed robbery, authorities said.  (KTVU) 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. FROM MOB LOOTING IN SAN FRANCISCO TO DEATHS IN WAUKESHA THESE SHOCKING CRIMES SHOULD BE A WAKE-UP CALL The news crew was covering a recent robbery where a group of thieves broke in and stole...
    An Oakland security guard has died from a bullet wound he suffered after the retired cop was shot while he protected reporters at the scene of an armed robbery in the crime-ravaged Bay Area  Kevin Nishita, a father of two and grandfather of three, was on assignment to guard the KRON4 team as it was reporting on the latest smash-and-grab raid in California on Wednesday when a robber targeted the TV crew for their cameras.  Nishita, a former police officer, confronted one of 12 masked robbers to protect the reporters, and the thief shot him in the lower abdomen. He was rushed to Highland Hospital to undergo surgery, but died on Saturday morning.  KRON4, its parent company Nexstar Media Inc., Nishita's employer Star Protection Agency and the Oakland Police Department have issued a $32,500 reward for information on the suspects.  'We are devastated by the loss of security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita,' KRON4's Vice President Jim Rose said in a statement. 'This senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area.'  The...