Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) called on California mayors to “step up” after mob looting and organized robberies plagued the state over the weekend.
“I’m not the mayor of California, but I was the mayor, and I know that when things like this happen, mayors have to step in,” Newsom said Monday at a vaccination clinic in San Francisco. “This is not an indictment. This is not a cheap blow.
Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, medical pharmacies, marijuana dispensaries and other retailers in the San Francisco area have been the target of back-to-back mob looting. In addition, 80 looters ransacked a Nordstrom site 25 miles outside of San Francisco and fled with nearly $ 200,000 in merchandise.
At least four people burglarized and stole $ 40,000 from a store in Lululemon about 50 miles from San Francisco.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who faces a recall election next year, said: “If you come to San Francisco and commit crimes, there will be consequences.”
“I am partnering with our local, regional, state and federal partners as we work together to do whatever is necessary to keep you safe,” Boudin added.
Southern California has also been affected by this series of heists. In Los Angeles, at least 18 people broke into a Nordstrom store and stole thousands of dollars in merchandise. Newsome said:
We’re going to be even more aggressive in this space to help support cities and the pursuit of people. These people must be held to account. We must investigate these crimes. We must break these criminal networks. We have to make an example of these people.
San Francisco-based Newsom’s PlumpJack Wine & Spirits has been broken into at least four times since March 2020. The last attempt was in July.
Newsom announced that the California Highway Patrol (CHP) presence will be strengthened around major shopping destinations during the holiday season. California lawmakers temporarily created a CHP task force to help high crime areas in 2018, but the law expired in early 2021.
The California GOP blamed Newsom and its Democratic policies as the reason for the increase in thefts.
“Gavin Newsom and the Democrats in California have made our state a more dangerous place to live, work and raise a family. Their failed policies have very real consequences for hardworking Californians, ”the party said in a statement.