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Golden State Flash Robs


Recently HLS covered the flash mobs with infamous inker Trigger, listen here. The work of multiple crews? The work of one? Does price fixing between retailers lead to crime-fixing by those who can't afford it? Why are the police so "responsive" to corporate retailers? Are brick and mortar stores a thing of the past?


On things for sure, Black Friday deals lose their luster next to stolen merch.


HISTORY: Flash Robs not new. A Maryland 7-11 was hit in 2011. Germantown flash-mob thefts were a thing in 2011. Time did a 2011 story on it. I suppose you could make the argument that certain wars were Flash Robs since the dawn of written record.


Below is a starter kit to understand how many, who, where the Golden State Flash Heisters have hit. Perhaps there's clue as to who is next?


On November 15, 2021 hammer-wielding thieves bang out smash-and-grab robbery of a jewelry store at Sun Valley Mall in Concord, CA. Story Here.


On November 19, 2021 about 8 p.m. the Union Square Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Bloomingdale's, among other stores, were invaded by a mob stealing merch and running to nearby cars. Story here.


On November 20, 2021 allegedly eighty people mobbed a Walnut Creek Nordstrom stealing whatever they could. Story here.


On November 21, 2021 allegedly 40 to 50 looters wielding hammers plundered a Jewelry store in a Hayward Mall. Story here.


On November 21, 2021 allegedly thieves went into Lululemon Santana Row around 6:30 and gaffled around $40,000 worth of merchandise. At the same time, another robbery was taking place at Westfield Valley Fair Mall. Police say several cars with their license plates concealed had gathered. A security guard noticed what was going on and called the police.


On November 23, 2021 allegedly twenty people ransacked a Nordstrom at The Grove. Story here.


The above is the list I compiled. Here is another list by KPIX 5, some of these don't seem like the same crime to me but check it out for yourself.


Here is a map to get a geographic sense of the Golden State Robbers.


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