SOLANO COUNTY, Calif. (KTXL) — Multiple businesses at the Solano Town Center in Fairfield were vandalized and looted Monday evening.
Acts of vandalism, looting and rioting have been seen all over the nation but what happened at the shopping center’s Best Buy is something many probably haven’t seen.
During daylight hours, looters used a crane in an attempt to smash into the front of the electronics store.
Viewer video shows a large group of people standing near the entrance watching as someone drives the crane into the front of the store.
Shortly after that, a siren can be heard in the background and the group of people starts running away from the store.
A steady stream of onlookers drove through the parking lot to see the destruction for themselves as Best Buy employees and construction crews picked up glass and removed the mangled door frame Tuesday morning.
A couple FOX40 spoke with said they understand the frustration behind the vandalism.
“People want to get heard. They’re going to do what they need to do to get heard,” the man in the couple said.
Despite the pain and violence, they hope acts like this are the beginning of progress.
“Everyone has been peaceful. For years, we’ve tried, everyone’s tried, been quiet,” the man continued. “When we talk they say, ‘You’re not talking right.’ When we do this they say, ‘You’re not doing that right.’ Something’s going to get done until people are heard.”
“To make a change, you have to impact people where it hurts them and then they’ll hear you and then you start from there. So, hopefully, now we can start the actual conversation because people are being heard. And what are we doing? We’re talking about it like you’re supposed to be talking about it.”
Best Buy wasn’t the only big-box store targeted in Solano County. Walgreens and Walmart in the area were also targeted.
Viewer video shows pallets stacked behind the sliding doors at the entrance to a Walmart.
Looters used shopping carts to climb up and break the upper window, making their way inside.
In nearby Vacaville, police said between 50 and 70 guns were stolen from Guns, Fishing, and Other Stuff.
Authorities encourage anyone witnessing acts of vandalism and destruction to call 911.
The Solano County Sheriff’s Office issued a county-wide curfew requiring people to stay indoors from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the nights of June 2 and 3.