Dozens of luxury stores in San Francisco were targeted by looters this week as violent mobs stole hundreds of thousands of dollars of merchandise with little police presence to stop the “smash and grab” operation.
“The mobs of thieves hit a handful of pharmacies and marijuana dispensaries in Oakland, including the Wellspring pharmacy that released surveillance video of the scene to the media. Police added that the mobs in Oakland fired 175 shots during the incidents, forcing officers to pull back to safe locations, The Mercury News reported,” reports Fox News.
“At least two dozen businesses were impacted,” Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong told CBS SF. “Roving caravans of vehicles, targeting cannabis operations, retail shops, pharmacies, throughout the city of Oakland.”
Wellspring Pharmacy shared this video w/me showing dozens of thieves stealing medication SATURDAY around 7:30PM.
The pharmacy sped up the video & said their employees all came in today & restored the pharmacy so patients could get their meds tomorrow.
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) November 22, 2021
“People need to be alert,” San Jose police Sgt. Christian Camarillo told The Mercury News. “We’re coming into the busy holiday shopping season. We can’t be everywhere at the same time. We do need citizens’ help; when they see suspicious activity occurring, please let us know, especially at the malls.”
“I think what happens now is there’s no accountability for it anymore, and the liability for the stores if they try to apprehend these guys. They just stand by and watch,” Steve Reed, a retired police officer added.
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SAN FRAN SPIRALS: Reporter Posts Video of Thief Robbing Walgreens With 'No Consequences'
Video went viral on social media Tuesday showing a criminal openly robbing a San Francisco Walgreen’s pharmacy without the slightest fear of arrest, punishment, or intervention from police.
“This guy clearly knows he can run in and shoplift from a store without fear of arrest or punishment. When I worked in retail, we used to chase guys like that. And they got arrested,” posted a reporter with ABC San Francisco.
This guy clearly knows he can run in and shoplift from a store without fear of arrest or punishment. When I worked in retail, we used to chase guys like that. And they got arrested. https://t.co/8dC9yWmUPP
— Marc Brown (@abc7marc) June 15, 2021
“The Golden State has no peers when it comes to expanding GDP, raising household income, investing in innovation and a host of other key metrics.” https://t.co/c7v6npbims
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 14, 2021
“The Golden State has no peers when it comes to expanding GDP, raising household income, investing in innovation and a host of other key metrics,” posted Governor Gavin Newsom shortly before the video went viral.
Watch the shocking footage above.
SAN FRAN SPIRALS: Woman Leans Out of Car Window Holding AK-47
The San Francisco Police Department published troubling images on social media this week showing an armed woman casually leaning out the passenger window of a moving car carrying an AK-47 rifle.
“During an illegal exhibition of speed event at Barneveld & McKinnon, a passenger leaned out of a Cadi holding an AK47; see photo. SFPD Traffic Company personnel worked up a case, and seized this particular vehicle today,” posted the Department on Twitter.
The car was discovered by authorities and impounded Wednesday.
“We’re almost double where we were in the last two years, and that is a huge concern,” Police Chief Bill Scott told reporters when discussing the rise in shootings during a mid-year report last month.
On 7/11/2021, During an illegal exhibition of speed event at Barneveld & McKinnon, a passenger leaned out of a Cadi holding an AK47; see photo. SFPD Traffic Company personnel worked up a case, and seized this particular vehicle today. @SFPD @sfmta_muni @SFPDPerea pic.twitter.com/4disQpzziY
— SFPDTrafficSafety (@SFTrafficSafety) August 5, 2021
The uptick in violence comes just weeks before Governor Gavin Newsom faces a recall election over his botched handling of crime, the Coronavirus, and homelessness.
“51% of likely voters in California’s upcoming gubernatorial recall election today would vote Yes to recall incumbent California Governor Gavin Newsom, according to SurveyUSA’s latest exclusive polling for KABC-TV in Los Angeles and KGTV 10News and The San Diego Tribune,” writes the polling outfit.
“Republicans support recall by an 8:1 margin; Democrats oppose by a smaller 3:1 margin. Independents support recalling the Governor by 5:3. Those who have been partially or fully vaccinated against the Coronavirus narrowly back recall, 47% to 43%; those who have not been vaccinated, 18% of likely voters, support recalling Newsom by a 40-point margin. White voters vote to recall Newsom by a 21-point margin, 56% to 35%; Latinos narrowly vote to recall, 47% to 41%. Black voters vote no, to keep Newsom, by a 52-point margin; Asians vote no by a 37-point margin. “Likely” voters vote No, 43% to 36%; “100% certain” voters break Yes by 3:2,” adds Survey USA.
Similar polls showed Newsom’s recall in a statistical dead heat.
A survey from Emerson shows 48% are now against the recall and 46% support removing Newsom.
“As it turns out, COVID is re-emerging,” said Golden State political insider Darry Sragow. “And now the fact is the governor is going to have to handle it in a way that reassures these Democratic voters.”
“How close the recall turns out to be depends on exactly one thing and only one thing,” Sragow said. “And that is whether Democrats take the time to vote.”
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