A security guard has died after he was shot while he protected a San Francisco Bay Area television news crew covering a smash-and-grab theft, part of a rash of organized retail crime in the region.
OAKLAND , Calif. (AP) — A security guard has died after he was shot while he protected a San Francisco Bay Area television news crew covering a smash-and-grab theft, part of a rash of organized retail crime in the region.
The former police officer was an armed guard for Star Protection Agency and provided security for many reporters in the region.He was shot in the abdomenof KRON-TV’s camera equipment near downtown Oakland on Wednesday, police said.ADVERTISEMENTThe news crew was covering a recent robbery where a group of thieves broke in and stole from a clothing store.
A reward of $32,500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in Nishita’s killing.“This senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area. We hope that offering a reward will help lead to the arrest of those responsible so they can face justice for this terrible tragedy,” Rose said.
The region has been struck by organized retail thefts in which bands of thieves, some carrying crowbars and hammers, break into high-end stores and snatch merchandise.Similar thefts were reported in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.At least eight thieves stormed a Home Depot store in Lakewood on Black Friday and grabbed hammers, crowbars and sledgehammers in the tool section before dashing off in a getaway vehicle, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. headtopics.com
Four people who may have participated in the Home Depot theft were later arrested in Beverly Hills after officers stopped two cars that were part of a caravan of vehicles driving around the city’s business district, police Lt. Giovanni Trejo said. A bystander called police after seeing that some of the vehicles did not display license plates, he said.
Meantime, police in Los Angeles arrested three people suspected of storming a designer clothing store on Melrose Place after stopping a vehicle and seeing clothes in plain view, said LAPD Officer Mike Lopez. He said more than 10 people ransacked another store on La Brea Avenue.
The thefts are believed to be part of sophisticated criminal networks that recruit people to steal merchandise in stores throughout the country and then sell it online. Experts and law enforcement officials say the thefts are ratcheting up as the holiday shopping season gets underway.
____Associated Press radio reporter Julie Walker in New York contributed to this report.Read more: The Associated Press »
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Completely unacceptable. Perpetrators feel enabled. Let’s shut them down. Retail crime ruins people’s lives. I hope this country gets better with leadership that is together not divided but diverse people and love for our country ❤️ I can solve the problems but fist it’s greed that has to be fixed the money greedy want want mentality. Watching people on social media don’t help either
4th world country 1st world cities My heart goes out to the family so sad 😞 I think this is something bigger than we think. People looking at opportunities to try to make a case and get attention. The whole issue is that crime is a crime and it needs to be punished. If certain people get their way it will be more discrimination against certain people.
All of this nonsense is going to result in a giant Red wave come next November. Beware D's. tvkatesnow smash-and-grab crime is the most dispictable new uncivilized act -- Someone knows who’s in this crime ring. They are all murders now. They are organized crime. Someone must come forward and identify who these ppl are.
JoeNBC Very sad But Kyle is the bad one huh? No wonder he got off. That’s how it all started. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., doubled down on her support for a bill that would create 'a roadmap for prison abolition' and provide for 'full decarceration of federal detention facilities within 10 years,' during an interview with Axios.
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Notice how the ignorant tie it to politics lol only in Marica! Land of the loonies! Meanwhile organized crime is nothing new. I am sure California's excellent Law Enforcement already have leads. Rest in Heaven to this man!! Bring peace and love to his fam This is awful. Now his family has to suffer the agonizing grief because of sheer greed. This is straight out of the Bible …
JoeNBC Why the hell is a camera crew all up in filming a 'smash and grab'? Just step out on your front porch and fire a couple shots off into the air from your double barrel shotgun… This is getting ridiculous Democrat ruined city JoeNBC Let’s go Brandon! I will never understand the lack of enforcement.
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There are no victimless crimes. svdate Do they have Kevlar? LondonBreed GavinNewsom POTUS Law and order! WillieGeist 😢💔 it was inevitable. Just not right, I’m sure they were friendly thieves just stealing under the $950 limit. GavinNewsom CA is becoming worst then NYC before Giuliani Why did he try to stop them let them take the equipment. Guns are illegal
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🛑🇺🇸Criminals are emboldened . Diversity is our strength 🤣🤣🤣 The Bay Area is sad and mad. Now let’s put a stop to these senseless smash and grabs and arrest ALL the killers involved! So senseless! Maybe these ppl will finally think twice! RIP to the deceased This shit needs to stop! Good thing everyone voted to keep GavinNewsom in office.
That’s so sick And to think that these guys could be home studying for the education that they claim they are always being denied. How did they know where to be to film? Local politicians said if it’s not over 1000 $ it ok. No crime to rob a store. The DEMOCRAPS at work.
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Deputize 'law abiding' citizens to protect soft targets across country. This is not petty theft by any means. This is grand theft and terrorizing the public. Biden's America the Democrat Party has endorsed all of this. Fire every one of them. RIP to the security guard. 🙏 Now find wise Democrats and ask them how they feel watching the outcome of their insane polices.
Put an end to this. Empower police. So was the news crew already there waiting for the incident to occur or are they that fast out of the office? When will these people be categorized as terrorists? What exactly is the hold up? California and its officials are disgusting He was a retired police officer. Prayers for all who knew him. These smash and grabs are happening here in SoCal too. One yesterday at a Home Depot where they stole sledge hammers and other tools.
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CA is such a deranged place. Sue that Channel , a man loses his life to chase a news story 😡 This was a foregone conclusion when the tv stations started covering these break ins as sporting events. Certain states have liberal governors who can’t see anything wrong
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