Appalling moment thieving ‘flash mob’ casually lift $5,000 of hardware from California Home Depot as couple are seen ransacking a Nordstrom in separate raid in the lawless Democratic state
- A group of masked thieves stormed into a Home Depot store on Spring Street in Signal Hill on August 27 and stole $5,000 worth of power tools
- The seven men loaded two shopping carts with expensive goods and carried as much as possible in their arms before walking out
- In a separate incident on the next day, a man and a woman ransacked a Nordstrom shop in an Irvine mall
A group of masked thieves stormed into a Home Depot store in Signal Hill on August 27 and stole $5,000 worth of power tools in full view of shocked staff and customers.
The seven men loaded two shopping carts with expensive goods and carried as much as possible in their arms before walking out.
In a separate incident the next day, a man and a woman ransacked a Nordstrom shop in an Irvine mall. Surveillance footage shows the pair strolling into the store before running out with armfuls of stolen items and fleeing the scene in a getaway car.
The appalling scenes come amid rampant crime in the lawless Democratic state that has seen an exodus of citizens to Republican strongholds, offices deserted and countless business shuttered as opioid-addicted vagrants fill the sidewalks.
The masked men were filmed raiding the Home Depot store on Spring Street in broad daylight.
One of the bold thieves, in a grey hoodie, was seen wrestling a shopping cart from an employee while the others loaded a second one.
He eventually got hold of it and pushed it towards the entrance with the help of one of his accomplices before turning back to walk outside with the second cart.
Four remaining thieves are seen picking up armfuls of power tools from a shelf before casually walking out.
The man in the grey hoodie is seen returning and carries three more boxes of items before jogging out of the store.
Employees in orange aprons could only watch in shock and did not engage with the masked thieves. Some workers decided to record the raid.
Signal Hill Police Department were called to the store at around 6pm following reports of a robbery.
A spokesman said it involved ‘approximately seven unknown males, who stole approximately $5,000 worth of power tools’.
No one has been arrested over the incident yet and police are calling on anyone with any information to contact Detective Jerry Maldonado.
A Nordstrom store in Irvine Spectrum Center was robbed by a man and a woman the next day in a separate incident.
Surveillance footage shows the pair walking into the store and grabbing armfuls of clothes from the rack before they sprint out.
They were then seen getting into a white Kia Forte and fleeing the scene with the goods worth an estimated $4,000.
The pair have not been identified or arrested but police shared pictures of them and asked anyone who recognizes them to get in touch.
Dailymail.com has contacted Home Depot and Nordstrom for comment.
There have been a number of similar robberies in California recently including the theft of shoes from a Los Angeles Nike store earlier this month.
A group of people were seen filling up bags with items in a Macy’s store in Sherman Oaks last week.
It has led to Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass launching a multi-agency retail theft task force to address the crimes which has led to 11 arrests so far.
Long Beach and Signal Hill created their own task force to put an end to the commercial burglaries they say is part of organized theft rings.
Retailers in California have been ravaged by increased crime and rampant shoplifting with critics pointing to Democrat policies for enabling criminals to continually reoffend without fear of repercussions.
Uncontrolled looting in San Francisco has led to at least 96 retailers downtown closing down.
Others have introduced measures to lock up items behind a glass to deter shoplifters.
Out of 203 retailers open in 2019 in San Francisco’s Union Square area, 107 were still operating in July, a drop of 47 percent in just a few pandemic-ravaged years.
A host of major chains, including Whole Foods, Brooks Brothers and Office Depot have shuttered stores.
High-end retailer Nordstrom cut almost 400 jobs as it shut all its stores in San Francisco amid rising crime and a faltering economy in the city.
A San Francisco family-owned hardware store lost a staggering $700,000 in a single year to ‘organized shoplifting’.
Dale Hardware’s owner Kyle Smith described the helpless situation in Fremont – and said his grandfather, who founded the shop in 1955, would ‘roll in his grave’ if he knew about the unbridled shoplifting.
Remaining stores like Target have been reduced to locking up their entire stock behind glass to deter shoplifters.
The new security measures came after an employee revealed they were being shoplifted every 10 minutes.
Multiple products including shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes and food items are now kept behind glass or Perspex barriers that require staff to open them.
Larceny thefts in San Francisco, which include retail thefts, fell significantly during the pandemic but has been growing every year since.
There were 36,537 thefts last year and there have been 21,396 so far in 2023.
The looting has occurred for a number of reasons – including the accelerating organized retail theft and increased homelessness.
Widespread drug addiction and the move away from incarceration for less-serious crimes are also contributing factors, according to experts.