SMASH & GRAB – Stolen Vehicle Crashes into Gamestop – Burglars Escape with Merchandise

December 18, 2012 7:30 am · 32 comments



Thieves used a stolen vehicle to smash through Gamestop in the Clayton Valley Shopping Center in the middle of the night, before fleeing the scene with stolen merchandise.

No arrests have been made, and the stolen vehicle was left at the scene.

The store is closed while Concord Police investigate.

Thanks to Craig Cannon (top photo) and Warbirds45 (bottom photo) for the pictures!

photo: (top) courtesy of Craig Cannon – Not to be Redistributed

photo: (bottom) Warbirds45

D December 18, 2012 at 7:49 AM

WOW — That much money for grabs at a Game store?

Role Models December 18, 2012 at 7:52 AM

What a bunch of a$$hats.

blah December 18, 2012 at 7:54 AM

How does Craig Cannon always happen to be at the right place at the right time ? December 18, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Craig is awesome! It’s his job to be where the news happens.


G-non December 18, 2012 at 7:55 AM

What a bunch of punks. I hope they got hurt during their smash.

ANNON December 18, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Why don’t these people just get a job!!!!! Stop stealing from the hard working people and distroying lives and property!!!

:( December 18, 2012 at 7:59 AM

So sad, pathetic really. Hope the store is able to re-open quickly and the idiots who did this are brought to justice!

GrumpyITDude December 18, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Have police ruled out a bad parking job? I’ve see worse.

jj December 18, 2012 at 8:07 AM

they should have put in a DRIVE THRU my kid spends bucks there

Ick December 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

I hope the morons are caught. So sick of these incidents and all these nasty crooks. Disgusting!

NRA #1 fan and member December 18, 2012 at 8:08 AM

Really?????????????????? Video games????? Puhahahahah

charjean December 18, 2012 at 8:12 AM

I dont even want to go outside anymore
what is this world coming too ??

joe December 18, 2012 at 8:20 AM

This area is starting to get bad. As the economy gets worse so do the people. I have a feeling your going to see a lot more armed robberies and muggings

States Street Resident December 18, 2012 at 8:46 AM

What time did this happen? My wife and I were awakened by some idiots running down the State Streets this morning around 3 AM yelling something about moving a box, making quite a scene. By the time we made it to the window, they had moved on and it was too cold to go out and investigate.

States Street Resident December 18, 2012 at 8:47 AM

… and my neighbor has a street camera.

Anon December 18, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Ah!! Just a few feet shy of the gas meters. Could have had a big KABOOM.

Dorothy December 18, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Unless someone can say who they are, they will get away with it and do it again the next time they want games.

Wonder if the police tried to get fingerprints off the stolen car. I had a friend who’s home was robbed and guns taken but the police didn’t even try to take fingerprints then.

Pucky December 18, 2012 at 9:04 AM

These robberies/stolen auto’s etc etc will stop when Obama fixes the economy, like he said he would. Don’t hold your breath though.

Mac December 18, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Anyone want to buy a used car cheap ?

Antler December 18, 2012 at 9:14 AM

….thick posts embedded at 4-foot intervals along the curb in front of all retail stores? December 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Antler, Unfortunately, posts won’t do anything. Criminals tied a chain to the front doors at Beverly’s on Clayton Road and ripped them open, then stole the safe. That happened a couple of years ago.

J. December 18, 2012 at 10:12 AM

They took iPhones.

Joey December 18, 2012 at 10:16 AM

They didn’t take iPhones J, it was GameStop not parrot cellular that was robbed.

kiarfy December 18, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Everyone is desperate around the holidays. Sad thing for such a supposed joyus occasion.

BagsFlyFree December 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Time for metal gates like SF apparently… Gamestop now has more pricey merchandise like tablets… At $250+ each, that adds up to quie a haul..

sleeplessinwc December 18, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Was there a new Grand Theft Auto game??? GTA-Concord

J. December 18, 2012 at 11:32 AM

A brazen thief or thieves crashed a stolen car into the Concord GameStop early Tuesday in attempt to steal iPhones from a display case, …

Happy One December 18, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The Contra Costa Times website posted a story about this crime. But they accompanied it with a photo of a boarded up Radio Shack!. Typical of their (lack of) quality editorial decisions.

GT December 18, 2012 at 11:40 AM

GameStop started buying and selling used iPhones about a year ago.

Mary December 18, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Well I guess it is time to start banning Cars since they are being used in crimes /s

This place isn't bad at all... December 18, 2012 at 8:50 PM

You should have been here in the 80’s and 90’s if you wanted to see “bad”. California’s gang and crack epidemic were no joke during that time and this area specifically was definitely not immune.

This is just regular old crime. This is likely a joy ride that ended with a “brilliant” idea on how to end the night.

JofN December 18, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Hey Mary,
When a Car is able to murder 16 six-year olds and 4-seven year olds (plus the adults that tried to save them) in five minutes, I’d vote for banning Cars.

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