HAYWARD (CBS SF) — Looters focusing on Bay Space companies struck once more Sunday night, with smash-and-grab thieves hitting the Southland Mall in Hayward and suspects taking merchandise from a Lululemon retailer in San Jose.
Hayward police advised KPIX they responded round 5:30 p.m. Sunday to a number of calls from shops in Southland Mall.
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Witnesses stated a big mob of individuals brought about an enormous disturbance contained in the mall, with some briefly taking on a jewellery retailer.
Witnesses described some 40 to 50 looters wielding hammers and different instruments looted Sam’s Jewelers, breaking glass circumstances and shortly fleeing. The Macy’s retailer was additionally ransacked.
In video taken in the course of the theft, you’ll be able to hear employees inside Sam’s Jewelers screaming in concern.
A big mob robbed Sam’s Jewelers inside Southland Mall, Hayward. PD stated they obtained calls at 5:25 pm immediately. Witnesses advised me 1st wave of robbers concerned about 30-40 children. A 2nd wave with fewer robbers returned to scrub it up. Story tonight 11 on Ch 5 @KPIXtv pic.twitter.com/1kXj5N4UT2
— Da Lin (@DaKPIX) November 22, 2021
“It was a complete bunch of glass shattering,” stated one one that was on the mall in the course of the incident.
Witnesses say this was the tail finish of a a lot scarier and larger scene.
“I might say at the least 30 to 40 [people] from what I noticed,” stated one other witness, who declined to establish themselves. “However then after the primary group of children rushed out, we noticed 15 to twenty scattering, some even got here again in.”
KPIX spoke with two ladies who work close to Sam’s Jewelers. They and different mall employees stated some children bumped into different shops and left with footwear and clothes.
“We noticed all the opposite shops closing. They had been panicking, so we had been panicking and shortly closed our retailer and barricaded ourselves,” stated one of many ladies.
Hayward police stated a number of 911 calls got here in at round 5:25 p.m., simply earlier than closing time. Many of the shops on the mall shut at 6 p.m.
Staff inside Sam’s Jewelers cleansing up. A big mob smashed the circumstances and took off with a considerable amount of jewellery. Inside Southland Mall, Hayward immediately. Should you haven’t already, try my different tweet with video of the particular theft. @KPIXtv pic.twitter.com/RU4ei9aVsM
— Da Lin (@DaKPIX) November 22, 2021
“I’m a little bit shaken up. However glad to go residence,” one mall employee advised KPIX.
“It was very scary,” stated one other. “Individuals with no morals, no sense for different individuals’s security. I really feel helpless. It’s disturbing.”
Police couldn’t instantly say how a lot jewellery was taken from the shop or the quantity of merchandise different shops within the mall misplaced.
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It was unclear if the Hayward theft is linked to the theft focusing on a Louis Vuitton retailer amongst different companies in San Francisco’s Union Sq. on Friday or the Nordstrom theft in Walnut Creek on Saturday. Thieves additionally hit up a number of marijuana dispensaries in Oakland in a single day.
No arrests have been reported by police.
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In the meantime in San Jose Sunday night, police stated that at roughly 6:30 p.m., a gaggle of suspects entered the Lululemon retailer in Santana Row and took merchandise. They fled previous to police arriving. No different data was instantly obtainable,
It marked the third straight day a big mob of robbers have gone after retailers within the Bay Space.
The brazen robberies got here hours after Walnut Creek police issued a warning on social media that there possibly a repeat of the bedlam that broke out of their neighborhood on Saturday evening.
“The Walnut Creek Police Division is actively monitoring intelligence that signifies the group of thieves who stole from the Broadway Plaza Nordstrom final evening are contemplating related exercise later immediately,” police posted in Twitter and it was shared by Hayward police.
“This has not been confirmed, however out of an abundance of warning, we’re alerting companies and residents to be ready… some shops might contemplate closing early or taking different precautions. There isn’t a particular time or goal identified proper now.”
On Saturday evening, dozens of looters swarmed into the Nordstrom retailer in downtown Walnut Creek, terrorizing buyers, assaulting staff, ripping off bag a great deal of merchandise and ransacking cabinets earlier than fleeing in a a number of automobiles ready for them on the road.
Walnut Creek Lt. Ryan Hibbs advised KPIX that three individuals had been in custody and others had been being sought.
“Walnut Creek police investigators are within the technique of reviewing surveillance footage to try to establish different suspects chargeable for this brazen act,” authorities stated in Sunday morning information launch.
Police started receiving calls from Nordstrom staff concerning the looting at round 9 p.m. He stated there have been roughly 80 people who bumped into the shop and commenced looting and smashing cabinets.
Two staff suffered accidents once they had been assaulted and one other was pepper sprayed by the suspects.
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Da Lin contributed to this story.