80 people stormed a San Francisco Bay Area Nordstrom store and stole merchandise: NPR

A Nordstrom sign will be displayed outside a 2017 mall in Indianapolis. Police described an “organized theft” in a Nordstrom near San Francisco.

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A Nordstrom sign will be displayed outside a 2017 mall in Indianapolis. Police described an “organized theft” in a Nordstrom near San Francisco.

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About 80 people rushed into a Nordstrom store near San Francisco on Saturday and stole goods in what authorities called an “organized theft.”

Walnut Creek police said Sunday they arrested three people in connection with the incident in the luxury department store, including one who was allegedly in possession of a gun.

“The remaining participants in this criminal mob fled the area in high-speed cars,” officials added.

Video of the scene posted on Twitter by NBC Bay Area news reporter Jodi Hernandez showed cars blocking the street outside the store when people fled and it the police make arrests in rifle.

NPR contacted Nordstrom for a comment, but did not immediately respond.

The mass theft was the latest in a wave of large-scale robberies that hit the Bay Area, from pharmacies to jewelry stores to cannabis dispensaries, according to Los Angeles Times.

Walnut Creek police said they began receiving calls Saturday night about people driving recklessly in the area of ​​Broadway Plaza
Nordstrom shortly before kl. 21.00. Employees began calling 911 when the group entered the store and began stealing products.

The suspects assaulted two Nordstrom workers and pepper spray another, police said.

“There were a bunch of people,” Brett Barrette, a manager at a nearby PF Chang restaurant, told KPIX. “The police flew in. It was like a scene from a movie. It was insane.”

Investigators are now reviewing surveillance videos to identify additional suspects.

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