Police Arrest 3 People After Mob Of Around 80 Ransack High-End Department Store

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A mob of roughly 80 people ransacked a Nordstrom in California on Saturday night, according to police.

Police were only able to arrest three out of the roughly 80 people involved in the looting, according to a Walnut Creek Police Department news release.

“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 9:00 p.m.,” police said in the news release.

“Nordstrom employees began calling 911 when approximately 80 people entered the store and immediately began stealing merchandise,” the news release says. (RELATED: Video Shows Groups Of Shoplifters Looting Store, Getting Into Getaway Cars)

The suspects assaulted two employees and pepper sprayed another, according to the press release.

Police were able to stop one vehicle fleeing from Nordstrom and arrested two suspects, according to the news release. One of the suspects had a firearm.

Nordstrom did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller for comment.

The night before the mob looted Nordstrom, there was a series of lootings at other luxury stores in the Union Square shopping area in San Francisco, according to USA Today.

“We will flood this area with police officers for the foreseeable future,” San Francisco Chief of Police William Scott said, USA Today reported. “We will do what we need to do to put an end to this madness.”

San Fransisco has seen a major increase in shop lifting crimes over the last year.

Another shoplifter stole multiple pairs of designer jeans on Nov. 12 from a San Francisco boutique in broad daylight.

A 27-year veteran of the San Francisco Police Department was arrested Nov. 9 after he allegedly violently robbed a local Rite Aid.

Several supermarkets and convenience stores have been forced to either close stores or limit hours due to the rise in shoplifting.

As of June 2021, just 2.8% of larceny crimes were solved despite a 22% rise from March to June of this year compared to 2020, according to previous reporting.