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Looters storm Neiman Marcus at Great Mall

Earlier tonight, May 31, at 7:30pm, a burglary alarm went off at Milpitas’ Great Mall—location: Neiman Marcus. Milpitas Police Department (MPD) officers arrived to see a swarm of people running in and out of the store’s entranceway. 

MPD routinely assigns officers to Great Mall duty. This allowed the police to arrive in under 3 minutes, at which point the looters scattered before going too deep into Neiman Marcus or impacting any other stores.

MPD saw no indication of protesting in relation to the murder by police officer Derek Chauvin of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis apprehended on suspicion of using a counterfeit 20-dollar bill. The racially charged murder has in recent days led to protests and been tied to rioting and looting nationwide.

In a press release put out immediately following the incident, MPD wrote, “The Milpitas Police Department will have Officers assigned to the Great Mall, strip malls, and other commercial areas to deter them from being targeted by thieves. Plus, we will have our Officers continue to respond to calls for service and safeguard our community.”

The Milpitas Beat turned up on the scene after the looters had fled. Out in front of Neiman Marcus was a pile of clothing, assorted footwear, and a good deal of broken glass.

Police have thus far made no arrests.

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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