Looters Target Nordstrom Store in Walnut Creek
The Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek was the target of looters late Saturday evening, according to police.
The store, located at 1200 Broadway Plaza, is in the city’s downtown shopping district and a main anchor tenant of Walnut Creek’s iconic outdoor regional shopping center.
NBC Bay Area’s Jodi Hernandez was in the area when it happened. According to Jodi, about 25 cars blocked the street.
In one video, people were seen rushing into the store before running back out with stolen merchandise and driving away.
Brett Barrett, who works at a nearby restaurant described what he saw.
“I probably saw 50 to 80 people in ski masks and crow bars,” he said. “They were looting the Nordstrom right here. I had to start locking the front door. The back door. You never know. They could have come right in here.”
3 arrested, firearm recovered from Walnut Creek Nordstrom store looting involving 80 people: Police
New video shows a large police presence in Walnut Creek Saturday night, where witnesses say about 100 looters targeted Nordstrom.
The incident was first reported at 8:46 p.m. while the store was still open, according to police.
A manager at a nearby restaurant says his stunned customers just watched as the thieves grabbed merchandise, loaded it in waiting cars and drove off.
That manager described the chaos.
“We probably saw 50 to 80 people in ski masks crowbars a bunch of weapons. They were looting the Nordstrom’s right here. And I thought they were going to start beating cars. I had to start locking doors lock the front door lock the back door,” PF Chang’s manager Brett Barrette said.
This BMW convertible was stopped by police – believed to be somehow connected with the mayhem there.
Walnut creek police say three people were arrested from the incident involving 80 people. They say a firearm was recovered from one of the suspects.
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Nordstrom, Inc. is an American luxury department store chain.
Founded in 1901 by John W. Nordstrom and Carl F. Wallin, it originated as a shoe store and evolved into a full-line retailer with departments for clothing, footwear, handbags, jewelry, accessories, cosmetics, and fragrances. Some stores feature home furnishings and wedding departments, and several have in-house cafes, restaurants, and espresso bars.
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A flash mob (or flashmob) is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.
Flash mobs may be organized via telecommunications, social media, or viral emails.
The term, coined in 2003, is generally not applied to events and performances organized for the purposes of politics (such as protests), commercial advertisement, publicity stunts that involve public relation firms, or paid professionals.
In these cases of a planned purpose for the social activity in question, the term smart mobs is often applied instead.
The term “flash rob” or “flash mob robberies”, a reference to the way flash mobs assemble, has been used to describe a number of robberies and assaults perpetrated suddenly by groups of teenage youth.
Bill Wasik, originator of the first flash mobs, and a number of other commentators have questioned or objected to the usage of “flash mob” to describe criminal acts.
Flash mob has also been featured in some Hollywood movie series, such as Step Up.