HomeSmash and Grab Thieves Target Hayward Mall; Lululemon store robbery in Santana Row in San Jose – CBS San Francisco

Smash and Grab Thieves Target Hayward Mall; Lululemon store robbery in Santana Row in San Jose – CBS San Francisco

HAYWARD (CBSSF) – Thieves targeting Bay Area businesses struck again Sunday night, with smashing and robbing robbers hitting Hayward’s Southland Mall and suspects taking merchandise from a Lululemon store in San Jose.

Hayward Police told KPIX that at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday they responded to multiple calls from stores in the Southland Mall.

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Witnesses said that a large crowd of people caused a major disturbance inside the mall, with some taking over a jewelry store for a brief period.

Eyewitnesses described approximately 40 to 50 thieves using hammers and other tools who looted Sam’s jewelry, broke glass cases, and quickly fled. Macy’s store was also looted.

In a video captured during the robbery, you can hear the workers inside Sam’s jewelry screaming from fear.

“A whole set of glass was shattered,” said someone who was at the mall during the accident.

Witnesses say this was the end of a larger and more horrific scene.

“I would say at least 30 to 40 [people] Another witness said he declined to be identified. “But then, after the main group of kids rushed over, we saw 15 to 20 scattered people, some of whom even went back inside.”

KPIX spoke with two women who work near Sam’s Jewelers. They and other mall workers said that some children entered other stores and left with shoes and clothes.

“We saw all the other stores close. They were panicked, so we panicked and quickly closed our store and surrounded ourselves,” one of the women said.

Hayward Police said multiple 911 calls arrived around 5:25 p.m., just before closing time. Most of the shops in the mall close at 6 pm

“I am a little confused. But happy to be home,” one of the workers at the mall told KPIX.

Another said, “It was very scary.” “People have no morals, no sense for the safety of others. I feel helpless. It’s annoying.”

Police could not immediately determine the amount of jewelry taken from the store or the amount of merchandise lost from other stores in the mall.

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It was not clear if the Hayward burglary was linked to it The robbery of a Louis Vuitton store among other businesses in San Francisco’s Union Square Friday or Nordstrom robbery at Walnut Creek on Saturday. Thieves too Several marijuana dispensaries collided in Auckland overnight.

There were no reports of arrests.

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Meanwhile in San Jose on Sunday night, police said that at about 6:30 p.m., a group of suspects entered a Lululemon store in Santana Row and took the merchandise. They fled before the police arrived. No other information was immediately available.

This was the third day in a row that a large crowd of thieves pursued retailers in the Gulf region.

The brazen robberies came hours after Walnut Creek Police issued a warning on social media that the riots that broke out in their community on Saturday night could repeat.

Police posted on Twitter and shared by Hayward Police: “The Walnut Creek Police Department is actively monitoring intelligence that indicates that the group of thieves who robbed from Broadway Nordstrom last night are considering similar activity later today.”

“This has not been confirmed, but out of an abundance of caution, we are alerting businesses and residents to be prepared…Some stores may consider closing early or taking other precautions. No specific time or target is known right now.”

Saturday evening, Dozens of thieves invaded a Nordstrom store in downtown Walnut CreekIntimidating shoppers, assaulting staff, ripping merchandise bags and looting shelves before fleeing in several cars waiting on the street.

Walnut Creek Lt. Ryan Hibbs told KPIX that three people were in custody and that a search was underway.

“Walnut Creek Police investigators are reviewing surveillance footage to try to identify the other suspects responsible for this brazen act,” authorities said in a news release Sunday morning.

Police began taking calls from Nordstrom employees about the looting around 9 p.m. He said about 80 people walked into the store and started looting and smashing the shelves.

Two employees were injured when they were assaulted and the suspect sprayed pepper on another.

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Da Lin contributed to this story.

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