Dozens of looters rush California Nordstrom store

Dozens of looters descended on a Nordstrom retailer and stole merchandise Saturday night time in a raid that was over inside a minute, police in Walnut Creek, California mentioned.

Roughly 80 folks rushed into the shop within the metropolis’s Broadway Plaza, a spokesperson for the Walnut Creek Police Division advised NBC Information.

They mentioned that one worker was pepper sprayed, and two others had been punched and kicked. All three sustained minor accidents, and had been handled and launched on the scene, they added.

The suspects had been out and in of the shop, which was open on the time, inside a minute, the spokesperson mentioned, including that an undetermined quantity of merchandise was taken.  

Jodi Hernandez, a reporter with NBC Bay Space, was close to the shop when the raid befell. She tweeted that about 25 automobiles blocked the road in the course of the incident.

Individuals within the automobiles rushed into the shop and jumped again into their automobiles earlier than dashing away with items, she mentioned. 

Hernandez mentioned it appeared that the majority looters acquired away. A video she took on the scene confirmed law enforcement officials arresting and handcuffing a few of the alleged looters. An officer will also be seen pointing a weapon at one of many drivers. 

NBC Information has reached out Nordstrom for touch upon the incident.

Brett Barrett, who works at a close-by restaurant, advised NBC Bay Space he noticed 50 to 80 folks in ski masks carrying crow bars in the course of the incident. 

“I needed to begin locking the entrance door, the again door,” he mentioned. “You by no means know, they might have come proper in right here.”

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Three folks have been arrested in reference to the incident up to now, police mentioned. Two had been arrested instantly for theft, conspiracy, housebreaking and possession of stolen property. A kind of two had a firearm and is dealing with a weapons cost, police added. A 3rd particular person was discovered not lengthy after the incident and can be dealing with costs. 

Walnut Creek Police additionally confirmed that the incident was not linked to a collection of protests which have taken place throughout the nation over the non-guilty verdict within the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.