California is experiencing a wave of robberies that are often aimed at stores that sell luxury brands.
The thieves appear to be coordinated, as they show up at the same time and sometimes use getaway cars to block traffic and police.
There are multiple progressive district attorneys in California who refuse to prosecute shoplifting and critics believe that policy is directly tied to the rise in crime.
Breitbart News reports:
California Faces Wave of ‘Flash Mob’ Smash-and-Grab Thefts
California has faced two weeks of sustained “smash-and-grab” burglaries around the state involving flash mobs of thieves running into stores, smashing glass cases, and running out with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry, purses, electronics, and other goods.
While smash-and-grab burglaries have become commonplace in California — particularly in San Francisco — the quick succession of the crimes has put shoppers and businesses on edge.
Law enforcement say thieves are being recruited for up to $1,000 to steal goods that are then shipped across state lines and sold on the Internet, making it hard for cops to track the criminals, according to the Daily Mail.
“We’re not talking about someone who needs money or needs food. These are people who go out and do this is for high profit, and for the thrill,” said Ben Dugan, president of the Coalition of Law Enforcement and Retail, according to the outlet.
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See examples of this in the videos below:
SMASH AND GRAB: Surveillance video from @ConcordPD_CA shows an organized robbery at a jewelry store in the Sun Valley Mall. @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/XHeMBYaRMS
— Ryan Curry (@RyanCurryTV) November 16, 2021
Bunch of ppl stealing Louis Vuitton merchandise tonight in downtown San Francisco at the LV store in Union Square. pic.twitter.com/qLoYtIVeiM
— Asian Crime Report (@activeasian) November 20, 2021
#Breaking About 25 cars just blocked the street and rushed into the Walnut Creek Nordstrom making off with goods before getting in cars snd speeding away. At least two people arrested at gunpoint. pic.twitter.com/AG3R94M9L3
— Jodi Hernandez (@JodiHernandezTV) November 21, 2021
A large mob robbed Sam’s Jewelers inside Southland Mall, Hayward. PD said they received calls at 5:25 pm today. Witnesses told me 1st wave of robbers involved about 30-40 kids. A 2nd wave with fewer robbers returned to clean it up. Story tonight 11 on Ch 5 @KPIXtv pic.twitter.com/1kXj5N4UT2
— Da Lin (@DaKPIX) November 22, 2021
None of this is going to change until the people of California demand that laws are enforced.
They’re going to need a lot of new DAs as well.
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