Bay Area District Attorneys To Form Alliance Against Organized Retail Theft

November 24, 2021 14:03 pm · 28 comments

In response to recent organized theft schemes seen across the Bay Area this week, seven Bay Area District Attorneys created an alliance to ensure suspects face proper accountability.

The district attorneys from Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, Marin, San Joaquin and Santa Clara counties say they want to put their heads together and share crime data across district lines to ensure suspects are fully held accountable. The prosecutors also pledge to keep communications with retail stores and state agencies during the process.

This weekend, organized crime stints occurred in San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Hayward, Oakland and San Jose.

A few of the reported retail events from local law enforcement: Downtown San Francisco’s Louis Vuitton store was reportedly cleared out by 20 to 40 people Friday evening. One Walnut Creek Nordstrom store was said to have lost over $200,000 in merchandise Saturday evening. 40 to 50 people stole an estimated $40,000 in athletic apparel from Lululemon store in San Jose on Sunday.

“These are clearly carefully orchestrated crimes, working together in large groups to create a mob-like mentality,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in a statement. “They are instilling fear in merchants, customers and the wider community. This is especially appalling at a time where many are out and about during the holiday season. Be assured that those caught and arrested will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom requested for greater California Highway Patrol presence earlier this week, in belief that these robberies may be interconnected. The governor said he wanted accountability in the form of prosecution.

“We are going to be more aggressive still in this space to help support cities and the prosecution of folks,” Newsom said in a statement on Monday. “I have no sympathy, no empathy whatsoever for people smashing and grabbing, stealing people’s items, creating havoc and terror on our streets … they must be held to account.”

Barbosa November 24, 2021 at 2:06 PM

Okie Dokie, problem solved !! Let’s all enjoy Thanksgiing.

Badge1104 November 24, 2021 at 2:08 PM

Funny, they have helped cause this problem, now they’re talking tough that they’re going to solve it. Forgive me if I’m doubtful.

CJRN November 24, 2021 at 3:25 PM

Well, next year some will be up for re-election (Newsome, Becton), and one DA is the subject of a recall (Boudin). Not surprised that we’re now hearing the tough on crime rhetoric.

Bob November 24, 2021 at 2:08 PM

They can start by putting down their gas cans.

Bruh November 24, 2021 at 2:21 PM

Here they go again. Their “tough on crime” play as predicted.

However, the words “to the fullest extent of the law” doesn’t mean anything considering the current laws are the reason they AREN’T behind bars.

They aren’t lying for once, but that’s because they know they don’t need to lie. They’ll be prosecuted which will result in them getting a stern talking to by the DA and judge, maybe a misdemeanor, and they’ll be back on the streets committing more crimes.

Dr Jellyfinger November 24, 2021 at 2:26 PM

I didn’t realize enforcing the law was an option.

Never Enough November 24, 2021 at 2:29 PM

In other words we tried something new and it didn’t work. So we need to go back to doing what we had in the first place. Enforce the laws already on the books. That is was equity is all about, all laws apply to all people.

NoMoreFreeRide November 24, 2021 at 2:32 PM

Barn door opened and the animals have already left. A little late to the party wouldn’t you say!

TTD November 24, 2021 at 2:34 PM

These politicians are so reactive and not proactive. Their opinions/actions change daily based on the direction of the political climate. Most of this uptick in crime/racism, etc could have been avoided/reduced if these same politicians would just enforce the law – that’s all – just enforce the law. Why is it that the loudest voice (not the voice that is reasonable/correct, etc) gets their way the majority of the time and/or the few who do not represent the majority. I personally don’t see CA changing anytime soon as long as the voters keep electing these liberal democrats. CA needs middle of the road politicians from both sides of the aisle. I am so tired of all this bull…. going on. I hope that the pendulum starts to swing the other way and that it will soon stop in the middle.

Bruh November 24, 2021 at 4:44 PM

@TTD if the pendelum does swing back the other way it is not going to stop in the middle.

The democrats have gone on a scorched earth policy since at least 2016. They have already created way too much friction in society that needs to be released. It can be released in a multitude of ways, but I don’t see that happening as it would require democrats to take responsibility for what they’ve done and the trauma they’ve caused.

Too many people want revenge and revenge is a cycle that can take a very, very long time to stop.

Sam Malone November 24, 2021 at 2:36 PM

Way to little to late. They caused this and don’t want to lose their cushy benefits. They screwed us all. Now they are running scared. Tough for them. We deserve way better.

Pollie November 24, 2021 at 2:52 PM

Solution is to enforce the laws on the books to the fullest!
Contra Costa DA will not do it….

RoRo November 24, 2021 at 3:04 PM

I just LOLed

The Wizard November 24, 2021 at 3:10 PM

They need to resign for a start.

bdml November 24, 2021 at 3:13 PM

Too little too late, we know they could care less about us.

Tsa November 24, 2021 at 3:15 PM

Yeah, right…

Cellophane November 24, 2021 at 3:26 PM

The district attorneys from Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, Marin, San Joaquin and Santa Clara counties say they want to put their heads together and share crime data across district lines to ensure suspects are fully held accountable. The prosecutors also pledge to keep communications with retail stores and state agencies during the process.

Why don’t they do that all the time?
“We are going to be more aggressive still in this space to help support cities and the prosecution of folks,” Newsom said in a statement on Monday. “I have no sympathy, no empathy whatsoever for people smashing and grabbing, stealing people’s items, creating havoc and terror on our streets … they must be held to account.”

Lots of good words

There may be a few headlines proclaiming their success.

I sincerely doubt anything will change.

Hayden Barsotti November 24, 2021 at 3:27 PM

One would think they would have figured this out beforehand. These distinct attorneys are the cause of what’s going on. No penalty for breaking the law. Now they are scratching their head to find a solution to the problem they caused. What a bunch of crap!!!!!

Anon November 24, 2021 at 4:10 PM

Why aren’t they advising people to buy a gun?

anon November 24, 2021 at 4:39 PM

RICO them…..
The DA’s will wait until someone gets killed.
My heart goes out to the victims, especially in all cases where someone was released on no bail or reduced bail.
The employees of the stores are all victims of this BS.
The ‘woke’ politicians also have culpability in all of this violence and lawlessness along with lazy mislead voters.
Worst of all….all of you who don’t vote at all.

Bella November 24, 2021 at 4:39 PM

Good!

WC November 24, 2021 at 4:46 PM

They’ll solve the problem by reducing or dropping the charges.

Aj November 24, 2021 at 5:15 PM

Too little, too late. I’ll believe they’re serious about crime when they resign. We need better people in power that are willing to do the hard work to keep Californians safe from criminals.

Saxon November 24, 2021 at 8:34 PM

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy — willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddently bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to hate

Rolaids November 25, 2021 at 5:49 AM

Interesting context to post that altered version of the poem by Rudyard Kipling. The intended object of hate in the poem was the Germans, or “Huns” in the WWI era vernacular. You know, “Krauts”, “Jerries”, “Strudel munchers”. I don’t know that there was a single blue eye or pair of lederhosen in the Nordstrom attack.

The Fearless Spectator November 25, 2021 at 7:41 AM

Just obligatory talk as the next election looms.

I remember reading that Nordstrom was assigned a WCPD officer a while back. What happened with that?

Store employees and probably a few shoppers were terrorized and traumatized. Let the lawsuits begin and let them cast a wide net.

The gang of three have probably bailed out already with small denominations. If not their welfare stipend is supposed to be shut off during their stay in jail. It probably won’t be enforced however.

Justifiable languor November 25, 2021 at 8:16 AM

Has Diana Becton scrubbed the “temporary” graffiti in front of the Martinez Court House yet?

DVC Student November 26, 2021 at 1:40 AM

Contra Costa DA, Diana Becton, is up for re-election next year.

Mary Knox is running against her & she’s a tough-as-nails prosecutor who is used to going up against heinous gang members. She will right the ship.

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