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A security guard died after being shot while guarding a San Francisco Bay Area television news crew covering an armed robbery, part of a wave of organized retail crime in the region.
“We are devastated by the loss of the security guard and our friend, Kevin Nishita. Our condolences to Kevin’s wife, his children, his family, and all of his friends and colleagues,” said KRON’s vice president and general manager. TV, Jim. Rose said in a statement issued Saturday.
The former police officer was an armed guard for the Star Protection Agency and provided security for many reporters in the region.
He was shot in the abdomen during an attempted robbery of KRON-TV camera equipment near downtown Oakland on Wednesday, police said.
The news crew was covering a recent robbery in which a group of thieves broke in and robbed a clothing store.
The Oakland Police Department is investigating the incident and a reward of up to $ 32,500 is being offered prior to the suspect’s arrest.
But until that time, Commander Lum says it’s important to honor Sergeant Nishita’s memory.
“It’s about being nice to each other and just stopping the violence. It just has to stop,” Lum said.
A GoFundMe page has been created to help support Nishita’s family.
Crime Stoppers of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department are offering a $32,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
“This senseless loss of life is due to another violent criminal act in the Bay Area. We hope that offering a reward will help the arrest of those responsible so that they can face justice for this terrible tragedy,” Rose said.
The region has been hit by organized retail robberies in which gangs of thieves, some with crowbars and hammers, break into luxury stores and snatch merchandise.
Similar thefts were reported in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills.
At least eight thieves broke into a Home Depot store on Black Friday and grabbed hammers, crowbars and sledgehammers in the tool section before running off in a getaway vehicle, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Four people who may have been involved in the Home Depot robbery were later arrested in Beverly Hills after officers stopped two cars that were part of a caravan of vehicles traveling through the city’s business district, the police lieutenant said.
Giovanni Trejo. A passerby called police after seeing that some of the vehicles did not display license plates, he said.
Los Angeles police arrested three people suspected of breaking into a designer clothing store on Melrose Place after stopping a vehicle and seeing clothing on display, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said. He said that more than 10 people looted another store.
The thefts are believed to be part of sophisticated criminal networks that recruit people to steal merchandise from stores across the country and then sell it online. Experts and law enforcement officials say thefts are increasing as the holiday shopping season progresses.