An estimated 90 people stormed a Nordstrom in Walnut Creek, which police say was organized retail theft
Three suspects have been arrested and indicted among an estimated 90 people who stormed California Nordstrom in an attack by a mob lynching over the weekend.
the officials Originally About 80 people are believed to have been involved in a coordinated retail theft attack at Nordstrom’s Walnut Creek store outside San Francisco, but they have raised that number to 10. Officials say the crowd entered the store at once using three different entrances.
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Dana Dawson, 30, Joshua Underwood, 32, and Rodney Robinson, 19, have been charged with multiple felony counts. All three have been charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, second-degree burglary and organized retail theft.
Robinson was also charged with second degree Robbery and receiving stolen property worth more than $950, and Dawson was charged with an additional charge of possession of a firearm by a criminal.
“The Office of the Contra Costa District Attorney is committed to working with the Walnut Creek Police Department and our retail community to hold those involved in retail theft accountable,” District Attorney Diana Becton said in a statement. “We are committed to preventing participants in organized retail theft, which has an adverse and costly impact on business owners and consumers as well.”
The arrests of the three were reported by the City of Walnut Creek Police Department on Sunday. Describing the Nordstrom attack in its press release, the department said, “Two employees were attacked and one was pepper sprayed by suspects, one of whom had a shotgun.”
The department said that “investigators are in the process of reviewing surveillance footage to attempt to identify other suspects responsible for this brutal act.”
one more california Nordstrom was hit by a mob robbery late Monday when some 20 people attacked the retailer’s Los Angeles location at The Grove luxury mall with a “smash and grab”. The LAPD said three people were also arrested in connection with that robbery, and more information about those arrests is emerging.
In response to the incidents, Nordstrom said it would increase its security measures, telling Granthshala Business in a statement, “Given the recent incidents at our two stores and developments in the industry, we are increasing our in-store security presence. and implementing additional protective measures to keep everyone safe.”
“This includes deploying security personnel inside and outside our stores and working closely with mall security and law enforcement to try and reduce the risk,” the company said.
Robbery mobs in California have been a constant problem for retailers in the state, not just Nordstrom.
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On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom called on mayors to “Come forward“And take action to address the attacks. These people should be held accountable,” the governor said. “We need to investigate these crimes. We need to break these crime rings. We need to set an example before these people.”
Granthshala News’ Emma Colton contributed to this report.