- At least 80 people were involved in a mass looting incident at a Nordstrom store in San Francisco.
- Videos from the scene seem to show people rushing out of the store and jumping into getaway cars.
- The local police department confirmed the arrest of three of the 80 suspects.
A Nordstrom store in San Francisco was overrun by dozens of thieves Saturday night who broke into the store, grabbed merchandise and fled in waiting cars.
About 80 suspects participated in what the law enforcement authorities are demanding A smash and grab incident at Walnut CreekEast San Francisco County.
The police arrested three people in connection with the incident Press release from Walnut Creek Police Department. San Francisco Natives Dana Dawson, 30, Joshua Underwood, 32, and 18-year-old Rodney Robinson, of Oakland, were named by police.
“Police are investigating what was clearly a planned event, with initial calls reaching the department about reckless driving in the area shortly before 9pm,” the police press release read. She added that Nordstrom employees contacted law enforcement when about 80 people entered the store and took the merchandise.
“Employees were assaulted and the suspects peppered one of them,” the police department said. Authorities added that they were able to stop one of the getaway cars waiting outside and arrest two people – one of whom was Dawson, who was in possession of a firearm.
The police department added that the rest of the crowd managed to flee the area “in cars at high speeds.” There were at least ten different vehicles involved in the crime, per CNN.
Brett Barrett, one of the managers of PF Chang’s restaurant across from Nordstrom told CBS affiliate KPIX News That the incident was “crazy”, which prompted him to close the front and back doors of the restaurant to protect himself and the diners inside.
“I probably saw 50 to 80 people wearing ski masks like a bunch of guns,” he said. “They were looting Nordstrom. There was a crowd. The police were flying around inside. It was like a scene from a movie. It was crazy.”
Videos shared on Facebook appear to show people with suitcases running away and jumping into several getaway cars parked outside the store.
Nordstrom did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
Walnut Creek Police said in Announcement on November 22 It was “actively monitoring intelligence” about the group of thieves which indicated they might have been planning another similar robbery.
“This has not been confirmed, but out of an abundance of caution, we are alerting businesses and residents to be prepared,” the police department said. “PD is calling in more officers and reserves, and some stores may consider closing early or taking other precautions. There is no specific time or target known at the moment.”
The “grab and go” crimes have occurred several times over the past week. In one, at least 14 suspects charged at a Louis Vuitton store in Oak Brook, Illinois, last Wednesday and stole at least $120,000 in merchandise, according to a report from CNN affiliate WLS. It was also the location of Louis Vuitton in Union Square in San Francisco sacked on november 19 In a similar crushing and snatching offense, This prompted local authorities to restrict vehicle access to the area.