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Buffs4Ever

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Generally, yes, it is because you are more spread out there. But they tar-


geted Beverly Hills last weekend, then they tried to do some robberies at The Grove shopping center in West Los Angeles. All the previous week, they had been hitting shopping locations in Nor Cal, such as Fairfield ( up by Sacramento) and Concord, the town next to me.
You are more widespread, so it's harder for them to move around, and the freeways are more congested, so they tend to get stuck in traffic and don't want that.
Here's a reprint of an article from L.A. Times, which was also published in San Diego Tribune.
( I realize there is a pay wall, so I will copy and paste it here) -- B4E
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High-end retailers such as Nordstrom and Louis Vuitton have been targeted by brazen robbers in Northern and Southern California
BY RICHARD WINTON,
CHRISTOPHER GOFFARD
LOS ANGELES TIMES


The mayhem began Friday night, when thieves smashed a Louis Vuitton storefront window in San Francisco’s Union Square and ransacked the store. Criminals also targeted about a dozen nearby stores for theft and vandalism, police said, including a Burberry and Hermes store, as well as an eyeglass shop and cannabis dispensaries.
On Saturday night, the raid of the Nordstrom in nearby Walnut Creek was even more audacious: Just before closing time, some 80 people jumped out of a pack of cars, flash-mob style, and swarmed the aisles, many escaping with merchandise. Two employees were assaulted, one of them pepper sprayed.
And just after midnight Sunday, criminals used a sledgehammer to smash storefront windows at a Louis Vuitton and Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills, police said, but patrol cars arrived to scare the thieves off before they could get inside. Late Monday, another group attempted to break into the Nordstrom at the Grove shopping center in Los Angeles before leading police on a high-speed chase.
Gov. Gavin Newsom described the incidents as “people smashing and grabbing, stealing people’s items, creating havoc, terror in the streets.” Newsom said he was speaking not just as governor but as a business owner.
“My business has been broken into three times this year,” said Newsom, who owns a hospitality company including wine shops and restaurants. “I have no empathy, no sympathy for these folks, and they must be held to account.”
The reaction to the thefts has followed now-familiar political lines, with some conservatives blaming California’s criminal justice reform policies.
Gov. Gavin Newsom described the incidents as “people smashing and grabbing, stealing people’s items, creating havoc, terror in the streets.” Newsom said he was speaking not just as governor but as a business owner.
“My business has been broken into three times this year,” said Newsom, who owns a hospitality company including wine shops and restaurants. “I have no empathy, no sympathy for these folks, and they must be held to account.”
What happens when people vandalize and commit those level of crimes in San Francisco? We not only lose those businesses, we lose those jobs,” Mayor London Breed told reporters. “We lose that tax revenue that helps to support our economy that helps to support many of the social service programs that we have in the city in the first place. We can’t allow that to happen.”
Newsom said the state would be more aggressive in helping to catch and prosecute retail-theft rings, and will allocate more money for the job in next year’s budget.
He touted the successes of the state’s retail crime task force, which he reestablished in July amid criticism about his record on criminal justice and a recall campaign that derided him as “soft on crime.”
Newsom said the task force had conducted 773 investigations and recovered nearly $20 million worth of stolen merchandise.
The California Highway Patrol would immediately increase its presence “in and around areas that are highly trafficked” as the holiday shopping season reaches it apex, the governor added.



(In response to this post by Gateway)

Link: Organized crime robberies in California- ( might be a pay wall)


Posted: 11/24/2021 at 7:09PM



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