Posted on November 24, 2021

Thieves Swarm East Bay Stores, Pharmacies, Dispensaries in Brazen Weekend Crime Spree

Wilson Walker, KPIX, November 22, 2021

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.


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. {snip}

“At least two dozen businesses were impacted,” said Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong. {snip}