Walnut Creek, CA

80 people run off after stealing from a Nordstrom store: “Police flying in, like a scene out of a movie”

Amy Christie

The police reported that a Nordstrom store in the San Francisco Bay Area was robbed by dozens of people on Saturday night.

The suspects took all the merchandise they could carry, then ran away in waiting vehicles.

What are the details?

Authorities believe about 80 people were involved in the incident that took place in Walnut Creek, located northeast of Oakland.

Three people were taken into custody, as revealed in a press release from the Walnut Creek Police Department.

Dana Dawson, 30, Joshua Underwood, 32, of San Francisco, and Rodney Robinson, 18, of Oakland were the three suspects identified and arrested by officials.

"Police are investigating what was clearly a planned event, with the initial calls coming into the department about cars driving recklessly in the area shortly before 9 p.m.” the press release pointed out, according to Insider.

It also added that Nordstrom employees called the police after 80 people came inside and started taking merchandise off the shelves.

The suspects made off in at least 10 cars that were waiting for them, as reported by CNN.

Brett Barrette, who is a manager at a PF Chang's restaurant that’s across the street from the store that got looted, said for KPIX News that he immediately went to lock the front door and the back doors of the restaurant to make sure all employees and diners would stay safe.

"I probably saw 50 to 80 people in like ski masks. They were looting Nordstrom. There was a mob of people. The police were flying in. It was like a scene out of a movie. It was insane,” he said.

"This has not been confirmed, but out of an abundance of caution, we're alerting businesses and residents to be prepared. The PD is calling out additional officers and reserves, and some stores may consider closing early or taking other precautions. There is no specific time or target known right now,” the police announced on Monday.

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