WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — Dozens of looters swarmed into the Nordstrom retailer in downtown Walnut Creek Saturday evening, terrorizing buyers, ripping off bag a great deal of merchandise and ransacking cabinets earlier than fleeing in a a number of autos ready for them on the road.
Walnut Creek Lt. Ryan Hibbs instructed KPIX 5 that police started receiving calls in regards to 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.
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Video shot on the scene exhibits the masked looters streaming out of the shop, carrying luggage and bins, leaping into the automobiles.
Dozens of police autos additionally responded to the scene.
Hibbs stated officers stopped one automobile and arrested each suspects — a male and a feminine — inside. The male was charged with theft, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit housebreaking and possession of housebreaking instruments. The feminine was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm.
Stolen property from the looting and a firearm was recovered from their automobile.
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A 3rd suspect was caught on foot and arrested. He was additionally charged with theft, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit housebreaking and possession of housebreaking instruments.
Brett Barrett is without doubt one of the managers of P.F. Chang’s restaurant throughout from the Nordstrom retailer. He watched because the bedlam unfolded.
“I most likely noticed 50-80 individuals in like ski masks with crowbars, a bunch of weapons,” he stated. “They have been looting the Nordstrom.”
“There was a mob of individuals,” he continued. “The police have been flying in. It was like a scene out of a film. It was insane.”
Barrett additionally fearful in regards to the security of the diners in his restaurant. Many crowded across the home windows to observe the looters flee.
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“I needed to begin locking the entrance door,” he stated. “Locking the again door. You by no means know, they might come proper in right here. It was loopy…All of the company inside have been getting involved. It was a scary scene for a second.”