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California looters seemed to prove that their criminal actions have nothing to do with protesting the death of George Floyd.
Looters drove home the point, literally, as they boldly took to destroying and stealing in broad daylight, even plowing through a Best Buy store in Fairfield with heavy machinery earlier this week.
As many as 20 businesses were targeted in a crime spree in the area according to the Fairfield Police Department, and in the case of the Best Buy store, the sun had not even gone down yet when a forklift was driven through the entrance of the store to cheers from waiting, would-be looters.
Looters Use Telescopic Forklift To Break Into Best Buy In Fairfield, California pic.twitter.com/PKIkjAeKU6
— GrantB911 (@GrantB911) June 2, 2020
Nothing was stolen from the store as police arrived on the scene moments after the forklift tore away the doors and smashed through the entrance. Appliances like refrigerators had been stacked against the entrance by Best Buy staff as an added block to would-be looters, according to KCRA-TV.
Fairfield, CA trippin rn!! pic.twitter.com/cbDuNqvQIH
— ♉️ (@_dimples) June 2, 2020
Police suspected that vandals were able to secure the forklift at the Solano Town Center where construction work was being done on the mall property, KGO-TV reported.
— Daren Blonski (@DarenBlonski) June 2, 2020
“We were able to get a lot of license plates and log those and it’s clear to us that these were all people who came from outside of town to take advantage of Fairfield,” Lt. Jausiah Jacobsen told the news station, noting that there were no scheduled protests in the area that day over the death of Floyd, the 46-year-old who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against his neck for several minutes during an arrest.
“These people were clearly here to cause havoc and terrorize, they were here to loot and damage. That’s what their intent was and what they were doing,” Jacobsen added.
This isn’t even funny. I am from Fairfield CA and I’m living in fear and disgust watching looters and rioters rn, and fearing that I may be forced to work during this. This isn’t protesting, it’s pure violence and greed.
— elara (@elara_sk) June 2, 2020
Looters traveled around the town in packs of cars, according to police, KCRA’s Brian Hickey reported, adding that guns were stolen from a sporting goods store in another neighborhood as well as a shooting and high-speed chase involving police and suspected looters.
I thought my city of Fairfield CA was better than this. These looters should be more than ashamed at what they’ve done, wrecking many business, local and corporate.
This isn’t what #BlackLivesMatter is about.
— Ethan Smith (@SmithPandD) June 2, 2020
Elsewhere in the Democratic-run state, emboldened looters got away with goods in a CVS store in Santa Monica in broad daylight.
Santa Monica is being looted right now. Here’s a CVS. pic.twitter.com/PegAW2M1ee
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 4, 2020
And others smashed the windows in a Los Angeles art gallery, making off with art pieces in the middle of the day.
Looters hit an art gallery on Melrose Avenue, LA. The street was previously hit two days ago. There’s no end in sight to these peaceful protests. pic.twitter.com/mgRYCJLZLP
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 4, 2020
As major cities across the country descended into chaos amid the escalating Floyd protests, more rioters took to higher-end businesses to loot expensive merchandise knowing, in many cases, they could get away with it.
Twitter users condemned the senseless acts for hijacking the message.
It’s almost impossible not to feel bad for the dudes trying to do the right thing.
“This is why they treat us like shit”
You can feel the anger, frustration and disappointment”
— Flaghast (@flaghast) June 4, 2020
These savages apparently are high end art afficionados.
— Mostly Peaceful Warrior (@NuncVideo) June 4, 2020
All Dem run cities.
— Of course, I still love you (@Libowner10020) June 4, 2020
Ugh so wrong. This needs to be shut down already. This isn’t the protestors. This is just criminal
— Kaya Jones (@KayaJones) June 4, 2020
After a week of looting, why are they not moving millions of dollars in lightweight merchandise out of glass buildings in LA?
— nostradumbass (@nostrad93087253) June 4, 2020
Now they’re doing this in broad daylight!
— CiCi (@CiCi62449692) June 4, 2020
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