Saturday, December 4, 2021

Smash-and-Grab Crime Wave Spreads Across U.S.; Porch Package Thefts Explode 36 Percent in 2021

Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via AP
Smash-and-grab crime wave spreads across U.S.:
The smash-and-grab robberies plaguing San Francisco and Los Angeles spread to smaller cities in the state and across the country to Chicago and Minneapolis over the holiday weekend, with organized “flash mobs” ransacking stores and making off with merchandise worth thousands.
Police in cities throughout the U.S. reported brazen organized robberies on Black Friday and again Saturday.
Near Los Angeles on Friday, eight thieves used sledgehammers to threaten Home Depot employees while they stole tools including crowbars and hammers.
“We closed the front entrance and they put their sledgehammers up and whoever got in the way, they were going to hurt them,” employee Luis Romo told FOX11-TV.
Two days earlier, armed robbers in Oakland, California, fatally shot a former police officer providing security for a news crew reporting on another theft at a nearby Target. A reward of $32,500 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the killing of Kevin Nishita, who was a retired officer for the cities of Hayward, San Jose and Colma.
On Thanksgiving Day in Chicago, police say robbers hurled a cinder block through a Canada Goose store before it opened.
Thieves also swarmed three stores in Chicago’s Wicker Park all within the same hour on Friday, including a North Face, Footlocker and a cell phone retailer. --->READ MORE HERE
Nolte: Porch Package Thefts Explode 36 Percent in 2021
“A recent survey found that a staggering 210 million packages vanished from porches across the US over the past 12 months,” reports the New York Post.
“Safewise found that a mind-boggling 64.1% of Americans have been victims of package theft in the last year — a 36% increase from the prior year, according to the survey.”
Additionally, a whopping “53.5% had multiple parcels snatched during that period.”
Here’s a list of the top-ten cities with “the highest likelihood of package jacking.”
With a single exception, see if you can spot a common theme:
  1. Democrat-run Denver, Colorado 
  2.  Democrat-run San Francisco, California 
  3.  Democrat-run Salt Lake City, Utah 
  4.  Democrat-run Seattle, Washington 
  5.  Democrat-run San Antonio, Texas 
  6.  Democrat-run Austin, Texas 
  7.  Democrat-run Portland, Oregon 
  8.  Republican-run Greenville, South Carolina 
  9.  Democrat-run Raleigh, North Carolina 
  10.  Democrat-run Hartford, Connecticut.
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