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Large group of burglars strike downtown Oakland boutique


OAKLAND — A clothing boutique in the city’s downtown district was trying to raise money after it was struck earlier this week by a mob of burglars, police said.

An Oakland police spokesperson said officers responded around 11:15 p.m. Monday to the Prime 356 boutique in the 300 block of 14th Street just west of Webster Street, and learned that multiple people arrived outside in vehicles before taking items and fleeing.

A short surveillance-camera footage clip posted online showed masked figures in hooded sweatshirts grabbing items off shelves and walls before an unseen person manages to turn a camera away.

In a GoFundMe online fund-raising campaign posted Tuesday, staff said more than thirty people participated in the robbery, the boutique’s second this month.

“Our gate was ripped off of its frame, windows smashed in and our door frame was broken,” the post read in part. “These people stole a majority of our inventory and have essentially put us out of business for the time being.”

The campaign, which hopes to raise $10,000 to purchase a secure roll-down gate, had raised nearly $6,000 as of 11 a.m. Wednesday. It is online at https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-prime-356-recover-from-breakin-and-looting.

Police said an investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information may call Oakland police at 510-238-3951.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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