Smash-And-Grabs Prompt Heavy Security Presence At Valley Fair, Santana Row As Holidays NearWith the holiday shopping season set to begin, police and security presence were heavy at Valley Fair Mall and across the street at Santana Row, in the wake of a series of disturbing retail robberies across the Bay Area.
Smash-and-Grab Mob Thwarted In Downtown Palo Alto; 2 Suspects ArrestedPolice in Palo Alto on Wednesday confirmed a recent attempted robbery at a shop over the weekend by a large group of suspects that was thwarted by officers, leading to the arrest of two individuals.
UPDATE: TV News Security Guard Stable After Being Shot in OaklandA security guard working with a local news station covering a recent burglary was shot in downtown Oakland Wednesday afternoon during an attempted armed robbery, according to police.
Santa Rosa Apple Store Targeted in Brazen Daylight Smash-and-Grab RobberyPolice in Santa Rosa on Wednesday evening announced they are investigating a new daylight smash-and-grab robbery earlier in the day that targeted the Apple Store in Santa Rosa Plaza.
San Jose Officials Promise Crackdown on Smash-and-Grab ThievesAt a Wednesday news conference, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, the police department and the district attorney announced steps being taken in the South Bay to put pressure on the organized crime believed to be behind the latest robberies.
UPDATE: 3 Charged with Felonies in Walnut Creek Nordstrom Smash-and-Grab RobberyThree people have been charged with multiple felonies related to the ransacking of a Nordstrom department store in Walnut Creek last weekend, Contra Costa County prosecutors said Wednesday.
Nervous Holiday Shoppers Find Barricades, More Police After Walnut Creek Smash-and-Grab RobberiesHoliday shopping in Walnut Creek has slowed to crawl as police tightened security in and around Broadway Plaza after roughly 80 people stormed the Nordstrom during one of Bay Area’s violent weekend smash and grabs.
UPDATE: Flash Mob Smash-and-Grab Robberies Dampen Holiday Spirit in San FranciscoThe holiday shopping season has been shattered by the recent robberies in San Francisco's Union Square and at other retailers across the Bay Area, leaving some shoppers in SF worried about getting caught up in the mayhem of another flash mob smash-and-grab.
Crime Concerns Have Some Bay Area Residents Rethinking Personal SafetyThe rampant retail smash-and-grab robberies happening in the Bay Area and elsewhere have some people rethinking their own safety, leading to a boom in gun sales and enrollment in self-defense classes.
UPDATE: Shaken Holiday Shoppers Changing Plans in Wake Of Retail Smash-and-Grab Crime SpreeA violent smash-and-grab robbery spree targeting retail shops across the Bay Area has shoppers, store employees and business owners on edge at the start the holiday shopping season.
UPDATE: San Jose Police Say Santana Row Robbery on Sunday Potentially Part of Larger SchemeAn organized robbery at Santana Row's Lululemon store on Sunday night left has San Jose Police on high alert, officials said Monday.
Gov. Gavin Newsom On Looting, Smash-And-Grab Robberies: 'We Want People Prosecuted'Speaking as a business owner who has been victimized by criminals three times this year, Gov. Gavin Newsom did not mince words Monday when asked about the stunning outbreak of retail smash-and-grab crimes across the San Francisco Bay Area since Friday.
Gunfire Erupts During Surge In Robberies Targeting Oakland Pot DispensariesA band of fleeing smash and grab robbers riddled an Oakland police vehicle with bullets early Monday morning in one of a series of weekend break-ins targeting legal marijuana dispensaries.