SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – Residents of San Francisco were warned on Friday evening to avoid the Union Square area due to police activity.
At around 8:10 p.m., officers arrived in the area following reports of possible looting and vandalism in retail stores.
Police say they arrested eight people, six men and two women, involved and towed cars – More arrests are expected.
Several stores were looted and vandalized, including:
- Louis Vuitton in Union Square: burgled and looted
- The Burberry at Westfield shopping center: burgled and looted
- Bloomindales in Westfield Shopping Center: Burgled
- Jins eyewear store near Union Square: broken into
- Maxferd’s jewelry on Kerny Street: burgled
- Yves Saint Laurent in Union Square: burgled
- Walgreens on Market Street: Burgled
- Fendi on Maiden Lane: Tried to enter but police on site prevented the crime – Store damaged
- Hermes on Maiden Lane: burglary attempt, crime prevented
- Armani stores on Maiden Lane: burglary attempt, crime prevented
- Several cannabis dispensaries across the city were hit around the same time
Viewer video shows thieves running from the Louis Vuitton store with goods. Some are seen getting into a car when San Francisco police officers surround the car and start smashing windows.
A video shows the store completely destroyed.
Police remained in the area Friday evening to respond to other retail stores where reports were made.
Within four hours, police responded to several burglary calls in and around Union Square.
The Mayor of London Breed held a press conference with San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott regarding the incident on Saturday afternoon.
Chef Scott says at least 10 high-end stores have been broken into and vandalized. He says some crimes have been avoided.
On Saturday morning, District Attorney Chesa Boudin took to Twitter, saying:
In addition, Andrea Shorter, spokesperson for the Safer SF Without Boudin campaign, released a statement regarding the incident:
“Last night’s dangerous incident in Union Square speaks for itself – another unfortunate case that shows why San Franciscans and visitors do not feel safe in our city. We should all be thankful that no employee, resident or vacation guest was injured at this time. Chesa Boudin’s failure as a district attorney has created an environment in which these crimes are allowed to occur without consequence or prosecution. San Francisco police arrived quickly and arrested several suspects. If witnesses have more information, they should contact the San Francisco Police Department at 415-575-4444, or tip TIP411. “
If you have any information, you are invited to contact the police at (415) 575-4444 or by SMS to TIP411 and start the message with SFPD.
Check back for updates.