SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – When people broke into Scottsdale Fashion Square on Saturday, destroying shops and looting, Sergio Bakalos was the only business owner in the mall during all the chaos.
“The mall has just been destroyed,” said Bakalos, who owns the luxury clothing store King and Duck.
Bakalos started recording because dozens of stores had been searched, such as Prada and Burberry. At Tiffany, the window displays and jewelry counters inside and outside the shop were broken open, apparently also broken into.
Twelve people were arrested and millions of dollars in damage and theft from violent protests late Saturday in Scottsdale. At least one attack was also reported.
“You hear a lot of banging, a lot of noise. It sounds like gunfire, but it’s not. What is it, is the front of the shop broken,” Bakalos said.
Meanwhile, Bakalos, stood guard in front of his shop with a bat. “Of course, I saw a rush – about 15 children came to my shop and took my sign and started banging on the glass. And that’s when I told them, “You’d better get out of here. It’s going to fall apart.” And I just came swinging toward the kids, left and right, “Bakalos said.
This lasted for four hours, he said. It stopped when the Scottsdale police arrived there at around 2am. Meanwhile, the Scottsdale Police Department said they were still investigating, still checking videos that had been circulating online, and more arrests would occur.
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