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Thief with pepper spray tries to steal $10,000 worth of handbags from Nordstrom

Two Good Samaritans ran down a thief who allegedly tried to steal $10,000 worth of high-end purses from Nordstrom in Walnut Creek on Saturday night.

Officers went to 1200 Broadway Plaza after several people called 911 to report a robbery and people running out of Nordstrom at about 8:30

p.m., according to Walnut Creek police.

Witnesses told arriving officers that a male and female suspect had entered the store and grabbed armloads of purses and handbags, police said.

The store alarms were activated and the suspects pushed customers out of the way to run out of the store, police said.

One customer apparently tried to grab the male suspect's arm, police said. The suspect, later identified as Bryan Black, 42, of Oakland,

sprayed the customer in the face with pepper spray.

A second customer tackled Black outside the store as he was running toward a waiting vehicle, police said.

Black allegedly tried to pepper spray the man, but the good Samaritan was able to hold him down until security guards and police arrived to take him into custody, police said.

The female drove off in a beige Ford Fusion.

Black was arrested for robbery, burglary, assault, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and violating parole.

One of the good Samaritans was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The handbags were returned to Nordstrom.

Comments

Posted by RC, a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2011 at 7:59 am

Another stupid crime by stupid people. Thank you Good Samaritans.


Posted by Samantha, a resident of Alamo
on Dec 5, 2011 at 9:01 am

Gee came in from OAKLAND! Keep your garbage in your own city. Watch Stineridge crime rampant up with the stupid BART extension Oming in from the west side ghettoes.


Posted by Samantha, a resident of Alamo
on Dec 5, 2011 at 9:03 am

Gee came in from OAKLAND! Keep your garbage in your own city. Watch Stineridge crime rampant up with the stupid BART extension Oming in from the west side ghettoes.


Posted by Janey, a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2011 at 9:08 am

Wow, Asseblywoman Mary Hayashi, is now shoplifting at Nordstrom and she got away.


Posted by Peggy, a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2011 at 9:23 am

Good Samaritans - thank you for being willing to get involved BUT what if it had been something more deadly than pepper spray. Safety is more important than purses


Posted by Lili, a resident of Alamo
on Dec 5, 2011 at 10:19 am

Samantha, in order to deride criminals for being stupid, one must use correct spelling and grammar. I did enjoy "ghettoes" and "rampant up"...right out of the Dubya playbook!


Posted by Samantha, a resident of Alamo
on Dec 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Ah Lili---"Dubya"? A liberal pinko shows her colors! Right out of the "blame Bush" collective. Gotta love Bill Ayers and Comrade Barry.


Posted by Me, a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2011 at 10:11 am

$10K worth of bags from Nordstrom? Thats....like......2 bags....
What'd he do? Stick 'em under his shirt??


Posted by Lili, a resident of Alamo
on Dec 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I love that I got called a Communist because I pointed out Samantha's terrible spelling. It always turns into something political with you Alamo old-timers. Thanks for the chuckle!


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