Gone in 60 Seconds: SF Bay Area Nordstrom Gets Robbed by 80 People at Once

Like something out of a scene from “Gone in 60 Seconds,” a San Francisco area Nordstrom was successfully looted by about 80 people in a highly coordinated and synchronized effort on Saturday night.

Police arrived as the last few cars fled and were able to capture a mere three suspects.

Fox reporter Lisa Hernandez was present just before 9 p.m. when around 25 cars pulled into the Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, California, and blocked the roads.

Looters with ski masks and crowbars spilled out of their respective vehicles and dashed into the Nordstrom. Grabbing armfuls of merchandise, they were back in their cars in about a minute.

According to the Walnut Creek Police Department, two employees were assaulted while another was pepper-sprayed. There were no casualties.

Video reveals the moment an officer approached a vehicle with two suspects inside. Among the chaos, an officer can be heard telling the suspects to get out of the car.

Another suspect was caught on foot. 

The arrested

  • Dana Dawson, 30, is charged with illegal possession of a firearm.
  • Joshua Underwood, 32, is charged with robbery, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit burglary, and possession of burglary tools.
  • Rodney Robinson, 18, was in possession of Nordstrom merchandise and charged with robbery, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit burglary, and possession of burglary tools.

This “flash-mob” of thieves comes the night after San Francisco’s high-end shopping district, Union Square, was raided by a much smaller, synchronized group of looters. It is estimated that a dozen people organized the robbery and executed it rapidly just after 8 p.m. Friday.

Video footage shows a man with his arms full of merchandise, wearing two masks and fleeing the scene of the crime.

The police are seen racing to catch a different suspect inside a vehicle outside the Louis Vuitton store. They immediately began breaking the windows of a Ford Mustang and pulled the suspect out of the car. 

The high-end designer clothing store was one of several stores hit, along with Fendi, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, and Dolce & Gabbana. 

Police captured a total of 6 suspects concerning Friday’s robbery, though most of the thieves got away initially.

San Francisco has seen a rise in crime lately, prompting companies like Walgreens to close at least fifteen San Francisco stores due to theft.

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