A security guard protecting a San Francisco Bay Area news crew has died after being shot in the abdomen during an attempted robbery near downtown Oakland on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
Former police officer-turned armed guard Kevin Nishita was protecting the KRON-TV news crew while they reported on a smash-and-grab theft related to a spate of organized retail crime in the area, when a group of thugs attempted to steal their equipment.
The KRON-TV crew was covering the late Monday night burglary of Prime 356, where about 30 people wearing black clothing and latex gloves broke in and snatched clothing from the shelves. –AP
A reward of $32,500 has been offered for information leading to the arrest of Nishita’s killer.
“This senseless loss of life is due to yet another violent criminal act in the Bay Area. We hope that offering a reward will help lead to the arrest of those responsible so they can face justice for this terrible tragedy,” said KRON-TV’s vice president and general manager, Jim Rose in a Saturday statement. “Our deepest sympathy goes to Kevin’s wife, his children, his family, and to all his friends and colleagues.”
There have been several organized lootings across California and other states, as two Nordstrom stores were looted for more than $25,000 in high-end goods just days after a Louis Vuitton store in San Francisco was hit.
The thefts are believed to be part of ‘sophisticated criminal networks’ that recruit looters and then sell the merchandise they make off with, according to AP.