Days of Mall Looting in Bay Area… ’50 Wielding Hammers’… Newsom Deploying Highway Patrol…

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San Francisco Bay has been hit by a third day of brazen looting, with a gang of thieves filmed smashing glass cases at a jewelry store and emptying them as staff screamed in terror.

The latest incident happened at a Sam’s Jewelers store at the Southland Mall in Hayward around 5:30pm PST Sunday evening, and was caught on camera.

Robbers — said to have been part of a gang of around 40 to 50 teens who entered the mall — wielded hammers to smash display cases at Sam’s, before making off with goods. Dramatic footage shot from a nearby store showed shop workers screaming with fear as the disturbing scene unfolded.

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Looters targeting Bay Area businesses struck again Sunday evening, with smash-and-grab thieves hitting the Southland Mall in Hayward and suspects taking merchandise from a Lululemon store in San Jose.

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Hayward police told KPIX they responded around 5:30 p.m. Sunday to multiple calls from stores in Southland Mall.

Witnesses said a large mob of people caused a huge disturbance inside the mall, with some briefly taking over a jewelry store.

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Stopping the swarm of smash and grabs as holiday shoppers begin their buying spree, local police have a plan to keep criminals out.

You’ve seen them in action: gangs of thieves going into high-end stores grabbing what they can and making a run for it. There’s a beefed-up effort to stop them before they start.

We’re at the cusp of craziness, the start of what’s expected to be the busiest shopping time of year at the Roseville Galleria.

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Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said theft is a growing problem at the company’s stores — and it is implementing added security measure to safeguard employees and shoppers.

“This is traumatizing for our associates and is unacceptable,” Barry said on a call with analysts Tuesday. “We are doing everything we can to try to create [an] as safe as possible environment.”
Barry said the company is implementing a number of tactics to minimize theft and protect staff and customers. For example, Best Buy is locking up more products and hiring security when appropriate.

www.cnn.com/2021/11/23/business/best-buy-retail-theft/index.html

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