Authorities in Walnut Creek, California, on Sunday, November 12, urged local stores to prepare as looting is liable to reoccur, similar to Saturday’s ransacking of the Nordstrom store.
“The Walnut Creek Police Department is actively monitoring intelligence that indicates the group of thieves who stole from the Broadway Plaza Nordstrom last night are considering similar activity later today,” the Walnut Creek police department said in a Twitter update.
“This has not been confirmed, but out of an abundance of caution,” the notice continued.
While the department cannot speculate specifically when the looters may come back or which store would be targeted, they advised business owners to close early as an extra precaution. They added that more personnel had been issued for security.
“We need to do whatever we can to ensure that these kind of brazen incidents don’t happen,” Walnut Creek Mayor Kevin Wilk said, per the Mercury News. “We need to respond aggressively to these types of threats.”
On Saturday night, a handful of armed looters flocked into the Nordstrom store, intimidating those within, and ripped products off shelves, and then quickly fled via waiting vehicles. Two store workers suffered wounds after being targeted by the suspects, and one was pepper-sprayed.
Of nearly the 80 looters that ransacked the shop, law enforcement had detained three—one aged 18, one 30, and one 32. Two of them were from San Francisco, and the other one came from Oakland. In addition, one firearm was seized.
CBS San Francisco noted a woman was arrested for unlawful possession of a gun. In addition, two men face charges of robbery, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit burglary, and possession of burglary tools.
Wilk noted the police are working on surveillance footage and automated license plate readers data to identify more suspects.
The mayor said law enforcement became aware of the planned robbery event before it broke out via electronic chatter, but they did not capture the news soon enough to prevent it.
Shopping centers in Walnut Creek have been targeted by looters in the past. Similar incidents had occurred during George Floyd protests last year, with at least one woman shot in an East Bay looting event, Mercury News reported.