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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Watch This Oakland Jewelry Shop Clerk Get Robbed at Gunpoint (Video)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM


The fact that crime is rampant in Oakland isn't news, but the fact that some very violent crimes aren't really being investigated is.

Victims disgruntled by police -- or the lack thereof -- have turned to new reporters to help them out. ABC News got hold of this detailed video (don't worry nobody is seriously hurt) showing an employee being robbed at gunpoint at Au Grillz Jewelry on International Boulevard.

The clerk, Patty Tam, kept the store cameras rolling after a seemingly unsuspecting customer suddenly pointed a gun in her face and tossed a bag at her, demanding she fill it up with valuables. Despite handing that tape over to police a month ago (the incident happened on June 20), nothing has been done, she tells the news station.

See Also: Confirmed: Oakland Has More Robberies Than Any Other American City

As soon as the robbery started, Tam's manager reportedly hit the store's silent alarm, yet the crime was done in two minutes and 21 seconds; the bandit made off with more than $5,000 worth of jewelry.

What's more, Tam says she hasn't heard a peep from police since being robbed back in June and that officers never even looked at her security video.

"They didn't even know they had it," Tam told ABC News.

But it's not that police are indifferent, it's that there aren't enough cops in town to deal with crimes where people aren't hurt. As Johnna Watson, spokeswoman for the Oakland Police Department, noted: Crimes are prioritized.

"If someone is injured or killed, that priority will certainly go to the top," Watson said.

That goes for the 8-year-old girl who was shot to death last night at a sleepover in Oakland.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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