Nordstrom and Louis Vuitton stores hit by mass raids

  • Thieves ransacked several luxury stores across the United States last week.
  • On Saturday night, a Nordstrom store in Walnut Creek, Calif., Was looted by 80 thieves, police said.
  • Two Louis Vuitton stores were targeted near Chicago and San Francisco this week.

Luxury stores, including a Nordstrom and two Louis Vuitton stores, have been looted across the United States in recent days.

The latest robbery took place at around 8:46 p.m. on Saturday night, when dozens of people walked into a Nordstrom store in downtown Walnut Creek, Calif., KPIX 5 reported.

Lt. Ryan Hibbs of Walnut Creek told the outlet that about 80 people rushed into the store and started stealing merchandise and smashing shelves.

About 25 cars blocked the street as people rushed into the store, according to NBC Bay Area reporter Jodi Hernandez.

Videos posted on social media showed masked thieves fleeing the scene carrying bags.

Lt. Ryan Hibbs told the outlet that officers stopped a vehicle and arrested a man and woman inside. A third suspect was picked up on foot and arrested.

He said a gun was recovered from one of the suspects.

Brett Barrett, who works at PF Chang’s restaurant across from the Nordstrom store, witnessed the incident.

“I probably saw 50 to 80 people like ski masks with crowbars, a bunch of guns,” he told KPIX 5. “They were looting the Nordstrom.”

“There were a lot of people,” he continued. “The police were arriving by plane. It was like a scene from a movie. It was crazy.”

The Nordstrom heist is the latest targeting of luxury stores across the country by thief groups this week.

A Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco was also targeted on Friday evening, ABC7 News reported.

A video posted on social media shows the shattered storefront and empty shelves inside the store.

Another video shows a thief fleeing the store with an armful of clothes and police arresting people trying to escape in a car.

Police said they arrested eight suspects and that a number of businesses in different parts of the city were also affected, including a cannabis dispensary and a Walgreens, NBC Bay Area reported.

Likewise, on Wednesday, 14 suspects entered a Louis Vuitton store in Oakbrook Center Mall, west of Chicago and stole $ 100,000 worth of merchandise, FOX32 reported.

Authorities said the attack was strategic and coordinated, having occurred when the armed guard took a short afternoon break.

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