Acting on “intelligence” that the looters who blitzed the downtown Walnut Creek Nordstrom might return for a repeat performance Sunday, city officials advised business owners to close their shops early, called up police reserves and alerted business owners and residents to “be prepared.”
No specific intelligence source was cited and no time was given for a possible repeat of last night’s incident.
Past experience has shown that the crews who make up these roving bands of thieves are aware of police response times and precautions and tend to shift their attention to “softer” targets while police mass elsewhere. No intelligence has been developed as to any possible secondary target.
Despite the admonition, at least one shoplifter returned to try his luck at Nordstrom Sunday, making off with an unknown item and reportedly eluding police as he made his escape despite an enhanced police presence.