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Smash-And-Grab Thieves Hit San Jose Eastridge Mall Jewelry Store; 5 Sought

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SAN JOSE (KPIX) — A small jewelry store in Eastridge Center in San Jose is the latest business to be hit in a wave of smash-and-grabs plaguing the Bay Area.

The owner of Quick Service Jewelry, who wanted to remain anonymous, told KPIX that five people wearing masks, hoodies and gloves walked into his store around 2:50 p.m. and smashed display cases and grabbing everything they could.

The gang of thieves was in and out in about 15 seconds, never speaking a word, the owner said.

EXCLUSIVE:

Smash-and-grab caught on surveillance cameras at Eastridge Mall in San Jose — shows 5 people walk into a jewelry store with hammers and grab as much jewelry as they can.

The heist took less than 15 seconds.

The mall also has cameras; police searching for suspects. pic.twitter.com/hIOxQJbpVR

— Maria Cid Medina (@MariaKPIX) December 3, 2021

The store is located near an entrance to the mall, giving the thieves an avenue to flee the area quickly before officers arrived.

“I just screamed and said, ‘help, help, help,’” the owner said. “It scared me to death! I’m worried and I’m being alert but, honestly, I don’t know what else to do.”

Police in San Jose are investigating smash-and-grab robbery at the Eastridge Mall Thursday afternoon.

The owner, who has been at Eastridge Center for 20 years, said this is the first time thieves have nearly wiped out his modest-size store.

His is not the only jewelry store that has been robbed in recent weeks.

J & Huss Jewelry was also the victim of a smash-and-grab. That store’s owner, who also wanted to remain anonymous, told KPIX that the crime trend has forced him to lock his doors and screen customers before he allows them into his shop.

Last week, he said he believes thieves attempted to rob him again but quickly moved on when they tried to open the door and realized it was locked.

Other jewelry stores inside the mall are taking matters into their own hands to protect their products. The shops are now closing half of the entrances to their shops so that if they get hit only one side is easily accessible instead of their entire store.

The mall has surveillance cameras and business owners are hoping the footage helps police catch the thieves before they strike again.

The wave of robberies has spanned the entire Bay Area. San Francisco police made multiple arrests recently in a brazen smash-and-grab at the Louis Vuitton store where about 40 thieves stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in merchandise. An estimated 80 robbers ransacked a Nordstrom in Walnut Creek. Stores in Palo Alto, Concord and San Jose have also been hit.

Seven Bay Area district attorneys, including Santa Clara County DA Jeff Rosen, announced they’d formed an alliance to prosecute retail robbers. The stance, they said, would make cases against the suspects stronger as it moves through the judicial system.

Despite his fears, the owner of Quick Service Jewelry Repair said he has no choice but to keep his doors open or his family won’t be able to eat.

“Of course I’m afraid,” he said. “Look, if I’m not working, I can’t support my family. If I don’t work, how can I put food on the table?”

Source: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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UPDATE: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 1 Hurt in Horrific San Jose Collision

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two pedestrians were killed and another injured Tuesday night after they were struck crossing Almaden Expressway in San Jose.

According to San Jose police, officers responded to the area of Almaden Expressway and Foxworthy Ave. for a traffic collision involving a vehicle and three pedestrians at approximately 8:24 p.m.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2017 Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on Almaden Expressway in the No. 1 lane in the area of Foxworthy Ave.

The Toyota then struck three adult pedestrians who were crossing Almaden Expressway outside of any marked crosswalk. The pedestrians were crossing from the west side towards the east side of the expressway.

The investigation has also revealed that the vehicle had a green light at the intersection.

Two male pedestrians were transported to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead. A third female victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The identity of the victims will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after their next of kin are notified.

The driver, who also sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, was cooperating with the investigation. There was no indication of drug or alcohol influence.

San Jose police said it was the 6th fatal collision and victims number 6 and 7 of 2022. This is also the 4th and 5th pedestrian fatalities of 2022.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Detective Templeman #3566 of the San José Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

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The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, yet COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing. Deaths could top 1 million by early spring. “It unfortunately is going to get worse before it gets better,” an epidemiologist said.

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