As Christmas approaches, armed robberies disrupt U.S. retailers, World News

U.S. retailers and luxury store owners are stepping up security as a wave of armed robberies has left these establishments stunned, especially in San Francisco and beyond. Whether these flights take place just in the run-up to the holiday season has become a matter of concern.

In the most shocking of recent thefts, around 80 people masked in 25 cars raided an upscale Nordstrom department store in Walnut Creek, Calif., East of San Francisco on Saturday, looting its first-floor luxury goods counters. in just a few minutes before running away. .

It happened a day after 40 people arrived and stormed a Louis Vuitton store in Union Square in San Francisco, emptying its shelves in seconds before hopping into cars to speed up.

Areas around Chicago are also affected by such thefts. A gang of 14 crooks broke into a Louis Vuitton store on the outskirts of Oak Brook, snatching more than $ 100,000 worth of luxury bags and clothing. This was the third such attack on a Chicago-area Vuitton store in a month.

Retailers across the country are taking precautions and guarding against possible knock-off hits, as the size of thieving gangs and their ability to secretly plan have made them nearly impossible to stop.

“The level of organized theft in retail that we are seeing is simply unacceptable,” California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Tuesday.

“Businesses and customers need to feel secure when shopping for the holiday season. “

Thursday is Thanksgiving, and the day after the holiday has been dubbed “Black Friday,” the traditional kickoff to America’s frenzied Christmas shopping season.

(With contributions from agencies)