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80 burglars ransack Nordstrom with weapons: 'It was like a scene out of a movie'

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Approximately 80 looters in ski masks reportedly robbed a Nordstrom near San Francisco while wielding crowbars on Saturday night.

A local restaurant owner recounted the shocking scene that occurred in Walnut Creek around 9 p.m., explaining that 50-80 people were involved with the brazen robbery.

“I probably saw 50-80 people in like ski masks with crowbars, a bunch of weapons,” said local PF Chang's manager Brett Barrette, CBS San Francisco Bay Area reported. “They were looting the Nordstrom.”

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“There was a mob of people,” he added. “The police were flying in. It was like a scene out of a movie. It was insane ... I had to start locking the front door. Locking the back door. You never know, they could come right in here. It was crazy … All the guests inside were getting concerned. It was a scary scene for a moment.”

NBC Bay Area reporter Jodi Hernandez tweeted a video of the spectacle.

"About 25 cars just blocked the street and rushed into the Walnut Creek Nordstrom making off with goods before getting in cars and speeding away. At least two people arrested at gunpoint," she wrote.

The looters smashed shelves during the ransacking before quickly returning to their cars with boxes and bags full of stolen merchandise, Walnut Creek Lt. Ryan Hibbs said.

Dozens of police cars responded to the scene, CBS San Francisco Bay Area reported.

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Hibbs said a vehicle was stopped by officers and two suspects, a male and female, were arrested and charged with robbery, possession of stolen property, conspiracy to commit burglary, and possession of burglary tools.

The female suspect was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. A third suspect was arrested and hit with similar charges.

 

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