Insurrection at WALNUT CREEK..............

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" WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — About 80 people, some wearing ski masks and wielding crowbars, ransacked a high-end department store in the San Francisco Bay Area, assaulting employees and stealing merchandise before fleeing in cars waiting outside, police and witnesses said.
Three people were arrested while the majority got away after the large-scale theft Saturday night shocked shoppers at the Nordstrom at the Broadway Plaza outdoor mall in Walnut Creek, police said in a statement Sunday.
Two employees were assaulted and one was hit with pepper spray during what police called "clearly a planned event."
NBC Bay Area reporter Jodi Hernandez tweeted that she saw the thieves rush into the store in the downtown shopping district in the city some 20 miles northeast of San Francisco.
"About 25 cars just blocked the street and rushed into the Walnut Creek Nordstrom making off with goods before getting in cars and speeding away," Hernandez said on Twitter.
Cellphone video from the scene showed masked people streaming out of the store, carrying bags and boxes, jumping into the cars and fleeing the scene.
Brett Barrette, the manager of a nearby PF Chang's restaurant, began locking doors at his establishment while watching the chaos unfold.
"We probably saw 50 to 80 people in ski masks, crowbars, a bunch of weapons," Barrette told ABC 7 News.
The Walnut Creek Police Department said a firearm was recovered from one of the three arrested suspects.
Nordstrom employees began calling 911 around 9 p.m. as thieves entered the store and began stealing merchandise, police said.
"Walnut Creek Police investigators are in the process of reviewing surveillance footage to attempt to identify other suspects responsible for this brazen act," the department said in Sunday's statement.
Nordstrom was open as usual on Sunday.
The incident came a day after several high-end stores in San Francisco's Union Square were broken into by a large group of people who smashed windows, stole merchandise, and then ran to waiting cars, police said.
Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Dolce & Gabbana were all targeted Friday night, Fox 2 News reported.
San Francisco Police Officer Robert Rueca said in a statement posted on social media that officers responded to reports of possible looting and vandalism at Union Square stores Friday night and arrested several people.
Stores in Union Square, a posh shopping district popular with tourists, have been targeted for years by well-organized thieves who at times have rammed vehicles into storefronts to break glass doors and windows and enter the buildings during non-business hours.
 

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" WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — About 80 people, ransacked a high-end department store
Three people were arrested while the majority got away... during what police called "clearly a planned event."

"About 25 cars just blocked the street and rushed into the Walnut Creek Nordstrom making off with goods before getting in cars and speeding away,"
The Walnut Creek Police Department said a firearm was recovered from one of the three arrested suspects.

The incident came a day after several high-end stores in San Francisco's Union Square were broken into by a large group of people who smashed windows, stole merchandise, and then ran to waiting cars,
Yes, clearly planned. Hopefully they'll be able to get the 3 arrested to talk.
 

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It will undoubtedly continue and probably at a larger scale until something is done differently.

While training one's horse, dog or child (anything with a brain!) the pattern is: Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult. When it was decided we can't say the Pledge of Allegiance, meet at the school flag pole for prayer, teach principles of courage, honesty, helpfulness, trust, etc. we became a nation of hooligans.

The teeter totter has slammed down on the wrong end and a lot of folks will eventually get hurt!
 
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It is getting that way somewhat, but it is going to get were the more expensive and highest stolen items in the stores will be secured. That may not stop them, but will slow them down. It can be a pretty dangerous job working in a store at a remote isolated location. A lot of dollars stores are like that, but they probably don't keep much cash on hand and a lot of their merchandize is not worth stealing.
 
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It takes a large poor population to facilitate these smash and grab thefts. That's where Houston and Dallas excel.
fixed it for you
Fixed it for you

The poverty rate in Houston is 21.2%
The poverty rate in Austin is 15.4%
The poverty rate in Dallas is 21.8%


My money is on Dallas

 

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It takes a large poor population to facilitate these smash and grab thefts. That's where Houston and Dallas excel.

Fixed it for you
I changed it from minority to criminal, because minority does not = thief
I considered poverty, but poverty does not mean lacking in morals.
Therefore I believe criminal best describes someone who would participate in a preplanned smash and grab robbery.
 

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There's plenty of wealthy criminals. Usually white collar (embezzelers) but lots of rich women with a shoplifting compulsion and they do it for the thrill not the 'necessity. (Overall, they are still in the minority for sure)
 

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Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said Tuesday that rising theft is hitting the company's profits and could hurt employee retention at a time when the labor market is tight, especially in the retail industry.

She said the retailer has seen a noticeable jump in organized crime, with people coming to stores to steal consumer electronics — and in some cases, bringing a weapon like a gun or a crowbar. She said the company will prioritize the safety of customers and employees, even if that means criminals are running out of the door with thousands of dollars of merchandise.

 

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I doubt that. If it does it won't go the same way.
While a well orchestrated hit and run is nearly impossible to stop, I doubt it would end in Texas the way it did in San Francisco. In Texas the participants would need to be willing to risk their lives and that is a big deterrent.
 

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I changed it from minority to criminal, because minority does not = thief
I considered poverty, but poverty does not mean lacking in morals.
Therefore I believe criminal best describes someone who would participate in a preplanned smash and grab robbery.
SOB, you and Greatbeard love to dig through the inter webs for data. Run some stats on crimes committed by race in the good old USofA.
 

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