“There were a lot of vehicles going. We managed to stop one of them,” Hibbs said, adding that no injuries were reported.
Authorities are questioning the detainees to determine the identities of the other suspects, Hibbs said.
“There were crowds of people,” said Brett Barrett. “The police were flying inside. It was like a movie scene. It was crazy. … It was a scary scene for a moment.”
Hibbs said police have not yet estimated the amount of dollars for the stolen goods.
The incident followed a series of robberies Friday night in and around San Francisco’s Union Square, including the Louis Vuitton Store, Burberry Store, Jewelry Store, Bloomingdale, Walgreens, Cannabis Dispensary and Spectacles Store. Chief Bill Scott told a news conference Saturday.
Eight people were arrested after Friday night’s break-in, Scott said. Police said they saw video footage from the scene and expected further arrests.
It was a joint effort, he said, and the perpetrators intended to crack down on police.
“Their plan was to hope we wouldn’t be here, but we were. And some of them think they’ve escaped, but I’m convinced, I’m convinced, there will be more arrests to follow,” Scott said.
All eight arrested were “young adults,” he said.
Scott said police also seized two vehicles and two firearms.
As the police move forward, the city will “flood” the area, the chief said.
“We will do what we need to do to end this madness,” Scott said. What happened was, he said, “absolutely unacceptable in all its forms.”
In a surveillance video provided by the Oak Brook Police Department, 14 suspects can be seen grabbing items from a cupboard.
“Once they entered the store, they took out the garbage bags from their coats and began filling them with merchandise,” Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger told WLS.
The suspects used three vehicles to escape. Police have recovered one of them, a Dodge Charger reportedly stolen in Chicago last month, WLS reported.