Doug Bedell — November 26, 2021, 1:30 pm

‘Flash Mobs’ Sack Stores in Other Than a Holiday Spirit

Flash mob, flash rob – whatever you call it, it’s astounding how, as Today in Security reports, in Walnut Creek, California, “Approximately 80 people perpetrated a coordinated attack on a Nordstrom department store just before it closed at 9:00 p.m. A reporter from the local NBC affiliate saw dozens of people swarm the store, armed with crowbars and various other weapons, snatch merchandise, and run to approximately 25 cars, which were lined up in front of the store to effectuate a quick exit.”

“The incident is one of several recent incidents in the San Francisco area in which looting-style tactics—a swarming form of grab-and-run theft—on high-end stores in the San Francisco area. On Friday night at least 10 stores in San Francisco’s posh Union Square shopping district experienced break-ins and theft of more than $1 million in merchandise, and on Sunday a group smashed glass cabinets and stole merchandise from a mall jewelry store.”

That’s hardly in the holiday spirit of giving.

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