A brazen Thursday morning smash-and-grab at the Union Square Dior store was heavy on the smash, as burglars rammed a car into the store and stole a reported $270,000 in merchandise — but one of the getaway cars then crashed and the suspects in it were arrested.
High-end handbag shoppers, be aware that the Union Square Christian Dior store will be closed until at least Sunday, according to KRON4. But the circumstances behind that closure are pretty shocking. The Chronicle reports the store was hit by a smash-and-grab Thursday morning, where a car rammed into the front of the store at Post Street and Grant Avenue, bending the metal security gates and shattering the storefront’s glass. Thieves in three vehicles made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, but either two or three of the suspects were arrested when crashing their own car shortly after the heist.
Mayor Breed’s tweet above touts that SFPD officers “immediately made an arrest in this robbery when it occurred,” though leaves out the details that those suspects were arrested because they crashed their own vehicle, and most of the suspects remain at large. KTVU reports that “Up to 10 people were involved” in the heist, with three separate vehicles, including the one that smashed the window.
KTVU is also reporting that “police apprehended three” of the suspects, while other outlets like KPIX are reporting only two arrests. The latest statement from SFPD also describes two arrests.
SMASH AND GRAB at Dior store in Union Square SF. Police say thieves arrived in 3 vehicles early this morning. One of the vehicles smashed in the gate according to police. @abc7newsbayarea #ABC7NewsBayArea #SF #SanFrancisco #UnionSquare pic.twitter.com/qyBzSHNAid— Suzanne Phan (@SuzannePhan) October 12, 2023
The video above shows the aftermath. Per the Chronicle, police responded to reports of a burglary there at 6:49 a.m. Thursday morning. Eyewitnesses said there were three cars, one of which smashed through the front window, and all were quickly filled with merchandise and fled.
According to police, all these stolen bags were recovered from one of the vehicles involved in the smash and grab incident at Dior.— Suzanne Phan (@SuzannePhan) October 12, 2023
That vehicle had crashed near the EB80 on-ramp this morning.@abc7newsbayarea #ABC7NewsBayArea #SF #SanFrancisco #UnionSquare pic.twitter.com/vHLYOWIgfC
Here’s a look at the loot recovered, which KGO’s Suzanne Phan reports is valued at $275,000, “according to a store employee.” SFPD has not verified that total. But they have verified that their most recent statement that one of the suspects’ vehicles was seen “entering a freeway on ramp,” and that “The vehicle crashed and all the occupants excited the vehicle and fled the area on foot.” That statement assets that two were arrested.
If you have any information on this incident, you’re asked to call the SFPD Tip Line at 415-575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 and begin the message with “SFPD.” Tipsters can remain anonymous.
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