There has been a tidal wave of smash-and-grab robberies in California in recent weeks with no end in sight. But at least some business owners fought back against the thieves with their legally carried firearms and won.
At a jewelry store just East of Los Angles, four men sprayed bear repellent on everyone in the showroom. When the store owner pulled out his legally owned firearm, the suspects went running.
Five thugs tried to rob a jewelry store near 300 S. Mountain Ave. Their attack was thwarted by the business owner who brandished a gun. They thugs ran out of the business to a waiting car. Thanks to @UplandPD & @sbcountysheriff, 4 of the 5 thugs have been arrested. pic.twitter.com/6H495Ajiwy
— Chief Darren Goodman (@UplandPD_Chief) January 1, 2022
In a second incident in a Bay Area jewelry store, another group of thugs attempted to break into a display case with a crow bar when the store’s owner intervened, pulling his firearm and scaring off the robbers.
CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Surveillance video shows a Northern California jewelry store owner take matters into his own hands to stop a smash-and-grab robbery. He says lawmakers need to act to protect businesses like his. https://t.co/0db57kvin5 pic.twitter.com/SISJQH8f7m
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) January 29, 2022
Business owners increasingly have no choice except to protect themselves and their livelihoods in cities with progressive district attorneys like George Gascón in Los Angeles and Chesa Boudin in San Francisco, who have turned the most populous parts of California into safe havens for criminals.
It appears the public is giving up on the politicians and have increasingly decided to take matters into their own hands.