OAKLAND (KPIX) — Mobs of thieves went on a weekend crime-spree, robbing department and jewelry stores, cannabis dispensaries and pharmacies. Dozens of businesses were hit.
David Massey was one of those who showed up to the Walgreens on High Street Monday, only to find the pharmacy closed after a robbery on Sunday.
“You know, they tell you to go over to Alameda, go down the street,” says David Massey of Oakland. “Then all of them have to be verified, and here we are right before Thanksgiving.”
Massey depends on his pharmacy.
“I’ve got cancer,” he explains. “So I’m trying to get certain medications filled and they tell you to go to another Walgreens.”
On Saturday night, it was the Wellspring Pharmacy on Piedmont Avenue, which was open Monday. Surveillance video, sped up by the pharmacy owners, shows the crowd that descended on the store over the weekend. The pharmacy was just one of the businesses hit by a mob of thieves.
“At least two dozen businesses were impacted,” said Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong. “Roving caravans of vehicles,