WATCH: California Shop Owner Defends Property During 'Smash and Grab' Attempt

Northern California jewelry store owner Usman Bhatti approaches robber during 'smash and grab' attempt, screenshot. Credit: KGO-TV

Over the past few months, a string of so-called “smash and grab” robberies has cropped up across the country at businesses in blue cities like Chicago (among others) — but many seem to primarily be happening in California, as RedState covered here, here, and most recently, in late December in the Bay area. On Friday, we saw another example of the latter.


KGO-TV reported

A Northern California jewelry store owner took matters into his own hands to stop a smash-and-grab robbery last Friday.

Surveillance video shows a person run into Maaz Jewelers at Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, and take a crow bar to the display case.

The report adds that the shop owner, Usman Bhatti, is “licensed to carry” the gun he made sure the wannabe robber — and anyone else lingering outside the door who might also have been up to no good — saw in his hand.

But it was Bhatti’s plea to lawmakers about the very real lack of action to protect businesses like his that is troubling. No American should feel he or she needs to ask the following:


“Do something, anything, it’s their job to protect us, to make some sort of law, we can protect ourselves at least,” he said.

I have some bad news for Bhatti. In blue states like California, where he lives, radical leftist DAs are in place to do all they can to skirt and “reimagine” the laws that are already on the books — which are supposed to protect people and and their property from criminals. Hopefully, someone will clue him in about where the real root of the problem lies.


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