A large number of cars, apparently operating in concert and in a manner intended to split and confuse police, descended on Walnut Creek again early Saturday morning – conjuring memories of the chaotic Nov. 20 blitz robbery on the local Nordstrom store.
There were no reports of theft during Saturday’s incident.
That store and almost all others were closed when the group, estimated at between 70 to 80 cars and possibly more, arrived downtown in another example of organized movement by a large number of individuals, some going as far as to use fireworks or smoke bombs to further conceal their movements.
A sizable number of local law enforcement, made up of officers from various jurisdictions, were on hand to monitor the group, with some officers pulling members of the sideshow over in apparent enforcement stops. One witness reported seeing several units behind a car at Alpine Road and Olympic Blvd.
As in past gatherings, members of the group kept police guessing by splintering off from the main body and traveling in different directions.