More than a dozen individuals partook in a brazen burglary of the Louis Vuitton location at 233 Geary Street Friday night — taking most of the store's on-display inventory before police arrived. And that wasn't the only store robbed.
San Francisco police officers responded to Union Square shortly after 8 p.m. Friday after calls that the luxury goods store was involved in a smash-and-grab robbery. San Francisco Police Public Information Officer Robert Rueca said that police have arrested multiple people suspected of partaking in the crime; SFPD officers also responded to other reports of retail establishments where vandalism had occurred Friday evening.
⚠️ Info. On Police Activity in Union Square ⚠️ https://t.co/4lZ7e4QDob— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) November 20, 2021
NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle shared that the group of criminals had reportedly smashed the door of the Louis Vuitton store, pushing the on-site security guard over on the floor before clearing the shelves of the goods.
"Officers arrived on scene to a retail store in Union Square where they observed several suspects involved in criminal acts," SFPD wrote in a statement. "Officers have arrested multiple suspects [and are] continuing to respond to other retail establishments, where reports of vandalism are occurring."
Footage of Louis Vuitton in Union Square of San Francisco getting emptied. Look at how chill they are.— Jenny, Girl from 4th 🌍, 鄰白廢物 🦍 (@JennyChachan) November 20, 2021
I could’ve been physically able to do this. Call me next time! pic.twitter.com/8maf4x6PPy
Twitter was abuzz with uploaded videos on the robbery. Those videos show a large street-facing window of the store completely shuttered; glimpses into the store's interior show virtually all the shelves void of product — implying that the criminals got away with much, if not all, of the on-display stock.
The Louis Vuitton in San Francisco union square just got emptied out 😳 pic.twitter.com/Imi6qbL0i1— Yealenne (@Yealenne) November 20, 2021
The Chronicle reports that multiple other stores were hit as well, and it's not clear if this was all a coordinated effort. The Yves Saint Laurent store on Geary was also robbed Friday, as were "Burberry and Bloomingdale’s in the Westfield mall, Jins Eyewear on Powell Street" and the Walgreens on Market Street.
“What you saw last night was horrible,” said Mayor London Breed at a Saturday news conference next to the Union Square holiday ice rink. She added, echoing things she's said frequently in the last year, “We can’t allow that to happen. If you come to our city to commit these types of crimes, you will be held accountable."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to “TIP411” and start the message with SFPD. Shared information can be left anonymously.
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