Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Organized crime strikes in the Bay Area ahead of Thanksgiving weekend

A series of smash-and-grab robberies left stores with boarded up windows on Nov. 22, 2021. (Lear Zhou/The Epoch Times)

SAN JOSI, California. On the weekend before Thanksgiving, numerous robberies were committed against businesses across the Bay Area. Robberies are part of the organized retail crime epidemic.

Lululemon on Santana Street in San Jose was the latest victim of the robbery. Police told NTD TV that a group of suspects entered the store at about 6:30 pm on November 21. They left with the goods before the police arrived. The investigation is still ongoing.

Jeffrey Grant, a security specialist from All City Patrol Services, was present at the scene.

“I saw a couple of girls here at the flowers, fixing the movement. So I thought maybe they were conducting reconnaissance in case of another attack by mobs here. And then about an hour later, at about 18:25, 18:30, I saw two girls rush here across the street and then they burst here in Lululemon, ”Grant told NTD TV.

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Security guard Jeffrey Grant speaks to NTD Television November 22, 2021 (Ilene Eng / NTD Television)

Grant is a security guard at another store nearby. After telling his store to lock and close, he headed to Lululemon. By the time he got there, he said, eight people had jumped out of the store across the street to the getaway car.

“They dropped some of the merchandise, so I was able to retrieve some of them and bring them back to the store, and then I made sure they were okay because sometimes these gangs sometimes attack the store sellers,” Grant said.

Earlier that night, a group of looters attacked the Southland Mall in Hayward at 5:30 pm, breaking into Sam’s Jewelers. The suspects fled with the stolen goods and fled in cars.

When a Sam’s Jewelers representative was cleaning up his store, he told NTD that thieves had taken diamond rings, gold rings and gold gems from the men. According to him, 8-10 people were involved. They estimate the loss at $ 50-70 thousand.

There were reports of a robbery at Macy’s, but a spokesman confirmed that the store was not harmed.

Cassondra Fauvel, a public information officer at the Hayward Police Department, also confirmed to The Epoch Times that they have not received any calls from Macy’s related to the incident.

“About nine items went to the store. [Sam’s Jewelers], smashed glass cases with hammers and took out an unknown amount of jewelry from the cases, and then fled from the scene, ”Fauvel said. “They had two different cars that they fled in.”

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On November 22, 2021, a series of burglaries with burglary and robbery occurred in shops with boarded up windows. (Lear Zhou / The Epoch Times) #

Seven Days Summary of Organized Crime in Retail:

On November 21 at 18:30 Lululemon was robbed on Santana Street in San Jose.

On November 21 at 5:30 pm, about nine marauders attacked Sam’s Jewelers at the Southland Mall in Hayward.

On November 20 at 9:00 pm, about 80 robbers broke into a Nordstrom store at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. Police said two officers were attacked and one received pepper spray. Three arrests were made.

At about 7:40 pm on November 20, a large group of robbers stole a Wellspring pharmacy in Oakland.

Louis Vuitton was robbed on November 19 in Union Square in San Francisco.

On November 16, thieves broke into a Long Boat Jewelry store in San Francisco’s Chinatown, stealing approximately $ 250,000 worth of merchandise.

On November 15 at 7:30 pm, nine people robbed the Iceberg Diamonds jewelry store at the Sunvalley mall in Concord.

The weekend deals are part of a series of similar coordinated robberies aimed at breaking up and taking over much of the Gulf.

“This is terrible because it either forces the stores to shut down, or puts people out of work, or they have to cut their profits and hire additional security guards. I personally would like to see more aggressive procedures applied in many retail operations. But it just seems like people want to be different these days, ”Grant said.

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On November 22, 2021, a series of burglaries and burglaries occurred in shops with boarded up windows. (Lear Zhou / The Epoch Times)

Jason Brewer, executive vice president of public affairs for the Retail Leaders Association, told NTD that the rise in organized crime in retail is spreading across the country. He added that many of the stolen goods are being sold over the Internet.

“Unfortunately, it has become very easy to build a business model to sell stolen goods over the Internet. And we need to get more transparency on many of these online sites, Amazon and Facebook. Thus, you cannot hide behind a fake nickname and sell stolen goods. It is now too easy to sell a stolen product online, and this is the reason for many thefts, ”Brewer said.

During a November 22 press conference, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he intends to work more closely with cities and counties to combat robbery crime.

“We will significantly step up these efforts in the budget for next year. And we’ve worked with cities across the state, including San Francisco, Walnut Creek and other cities that have been impacted by organized retail theft this weekend, ”Newsom said.

Police urged Bay Area customers to be aware of their surroundings when shopping.

“If you have products that you bought in shopping malls or malls, [make sure] that you don’t keep them in your car where everyone can see them. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when we see theft of all kinds on the rise, ”Fauvel said.

Ilene Eng

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