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.
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.”
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?”
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DISH Network to Pay $5.5M Settlement Over Alleged Hazardous Waste Disposal Violations
OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Satellite TV provider DISH Network will pay $5.5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing it of illegally disposing of hazardous waste in Alameda County and elsewhere in the state.
DISH Network is alleged to have violated California environmental laws by sending hazardous waste to local landfills that are not equipped or authorized to receive the waste.
According to state Attorney General Rob Bonta, audits of DISH facilities in California found that DISH repeatedly disposed of hazardous waste since 2005 in violation of the Hazardous Waste Control Law and Unfair Competition Law.
“If you break the rules, we will hold you accountable,” said Bonta in a press release. “For years, DISH carelessly disposed of and sent hazardous waste to local landfills, ignoring the consequences for our communities and our environment. From there, hazardous chemical elements from electronic devices, batteries, aerosols, and more could seep into soil and contaminate our environment. Today’s settlement is critical. Large corporations like DISH have a responsibility to respect our environmental laws and do their part to protect our state’s precious resources.”
“My Office is committed to holding corporate polluters accountable for violations of state environmental laws,” said Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley in a statement. “Hazardous electronic waste is ubiquitous, and everyone must do their part to keep these items out of the landfill, especially large corporations who handle high volumes of electronic waste.”
As a provider of TV and video services to residential and business customers, DISH employees manage large volumes of electronic equipment, such as remote controls, transformers, and power adapters, various batteries, aerosol cans, and other items classified as hazardous waste.
The Colorado-based company will pay for penalties, costs, and supplemental environmental project to benefit the community while making significant changes to its operations and practices to come into compliance with state law.
Specifically, DISH must:
• Pay $5.5 million, including $3.32 million in civil penalties, $835,500 in litigation costs, and $845,000 for supplemental environmental projects. DISH must also spend $500,000 to implement enhanced environmental compliance measures to ensure proper management of hazardous waste at its California facilities.
• Hire an independent third-party auditor to perform environmental compliance audits at DISH’s 25 facilities across the state;
• Conduct regular inspections of facility trash dumpsters and roll-off containers to ensure the containers do not contain hazardous waste; and
• Provide training to employees to ensure compliance with California’s hazardous waste laws.
According to the attorney general’s and Alameda DA’s offices, the DISH settlement is the fifth case of a telecom industry giant addressing unlawful disposal and management of hazardous waste. The two offices have also successfully prosecuted AT&T, Comcast, DirecTV, and Cox Communications for similar environmental violations related to illegal disposals of large volumes of electronic waste from their cable and satellite video services.
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