Upscale San Francisco area retailers looted and vandalized
High-end retailers including Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton were among stores looted and vandalized in the San Francisco area on Friday night, sparking outrage from the city’s mayor and police chief.
A spokesperson for the San Francisco Police Department said officers responded just after 8 p.m. “to possible looting and vandalism at retail outlets in Union Square.”
Goods worth several thousand dollars were recovered by police after stores including Jins Eyewear, Bloomingdale’s and Burberry were looted, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
At 8:10 p.m. @SFPD responded to possible looting and vandalism at retail outlets in Union Square. Several suspects arrested. Addtl @SFPD respond to the area to deal with criminal acts. Anyone with information is requested to contact SFPD at 415-575-4444 or send an SMS to TIP411
– Officer Rueca (@OfficierRueca) 20 November 2021
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said Hermes and Fendi stores were also damaged, but officers were able to respond to the thefts. He said eight people, all young adults, were arrested.
“There is no doubt in my mind that it was not unforeseen. Their plan was to overwhelm us. Their plan hoped we weren’t here, but we were, ”Scott said at a press conference on Saturday.
“The message here today is that if you come to our city to commit this level of crime, or to come and vandalize or injure people, you will be held responsible,” added San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D ).
Meanwhile, in Walnut Creek, Calif., About 25 miles east of San Francisco, police say three people were arrested and a gun was recovered from looting. at a Nordstrom store, ABC7 News reported.
Walnut Creek Police said they received the first reports of the incident before 9 p.m. local time and that 80 people were involved in the incident.
“We saw probably 50 to 80 people wearing ski masks, crowbars and a bunch of guns. They were looting the Nordstroms right here. And I thought they were going to start beating cars. start locking the doors lock the front door lock the back door, “Brett Barrette, restaurant manager PF Chang, told San Francisco TV station.