Police: A group armed with hammers hit a jewelery store at the Southland shopping center in Hayward

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HAYWARD, Calif. (KRON) – Bay Area Police responded to another smash and grab Sunday night – This time at the Southland Mall in Hayward.

Police say about nine people smashed the windows of Sam’s Jewelers, stealing what they could.

The police department received the call shortly before 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The thieves were filmed robbing Sam’s Jewelers while the mall was still open with shoppers all around.

Within seconds, the hoodie-wearing group used hammers to open the windows of Sam’s Jewelers.

According to Hayward police, nine suspects fled with the loot, leaving Southland Mall in two vehicles. No arrests were made.

The smash and grab happened at the exact time Kathy Weaver had planned to go shopping on Sunday.

“I’m so glad I’m not here because I was going to come here yesterday and it’s awful, it’s awful, I don’t know what I would do,” Weaver said.

Weaver lives a short walk from the mall and visits often.

Monday, Sam’s Jewelers was closed for the day. The windows were shattered.

“It makes me want to come to the mall more. It’s too scary. What if I had been in the way and they knocked me down,” Weaver said.

Hayward police said the jewelry store was the only store in the mall targeted. They are working to determine if it was related to other smash and grabs that occurred in the Bay Area over the weekend.

An increasingly common crime, leading shoppers like Weaver to wonder how safe holiday shopping is this year.

“I don’t know how they can stop this, I really don’t know how. If you don’t know who’s doing it and you can’t arrest a whole bunch of people, I mean you don’t want to use guns in a mall,” Weaver said.

This incident happened about an hour before the thieves hit the high-end sportswear store, Lululemon, in San Jose around 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday evening, police said about 80 people stormed the Walnut Creek Nordstroms. Three employees were assaulted and thieves got away with thousands of dollars in items.

Authorities say three people were arrested in the incident.

On Friday, witnesses filmed the moment thieves fled from Union Square Louis Vuitton in San Francisco.

Some were seen getting into a car when officers surrounded the car and started breaking the windows.

Within four hours, police responded to multiple burglary calls in and around Union Square.

The San Francisco police chief said people robbed and vandalized ten high-end stores. Six men and two women were arrested.

As a result, city officials said they would limit car traffic through Union Square.

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