San Francisco shoplifting: Thieves caught on digital camera allegedly stuffing stolen items in luggage at Walgreens

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Video captured by a witness seems to indicate not less than three masked thieves allegedly grabbing objects off a shelf at a San Francisco-area Walgreens earlier than working out of the shop.

The 41-second clip has gone viral on-line. It has been seen greater than 1.6 million occasions on varied social media platforms. The video begins with a lady in a pink jacket grabbing objects off a shelf and placing them in a bag. One other girl close to her additionally seems to be grabbing objects off the shelf. The 2 girls then go to different components of the shop to allegedly seize extra objects.

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About 10 seconds in, the digital camera pans to indicate a child in a stroller. The thieves seem to proceed overtly grabbing objects off cabinets as customers watch close by. The 2 girls run out of the shop with giant luggage allegedly stuffed stuffed with stolen items. A person in a yellow hoodie runs out of the shop behind them.

Social media customers stated the brazen theft occurred at a Walgreens retailer in Millbrae, California, simply exterior San Francisco. 

San Francisco Police and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Workplace haven’t responded to Fox Information Digital’s request for data on the time of this publication.

Fox Information Digital has additionally reached out to Walgreens for remark, however has not but heard again.

San Francisco has been coping with a surging crime and drug disaster.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported in January that shootings jumped 33% from 2020 to final yr. In line with the SFPD, property crime typically is up 10.4% in San Francisco from final yr.

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Video captured by a witness appears to show thieves allegedly stealing from a San Francisco-area Walgreens.

Video captured by a witness seems to indicate thieves allegedly stealing from a San Francisco-area Walgreens.
(SFStreets415/ Instagram)

Retail crime has been on the rise throughout the US lately. 

In line with the Nationwide Retail Federation (NRF), organized retail thefts price retailers a median of $720,000 for each $1 billion in gross sales as of 2020. That’s up from about $450,000 5 years earlier. As well as, 69% of shops surveyed by the NRF in 2021 reported a rise in organized retail thefts over the previous yr.

“Causes cited for the rise have included exploitation of latest alternatives for theft in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, much less prosecution of crimes wrongly perceived as ‘victimless,’ elevated felony thresholds that allow thieves steal extra whereas dealing with solely a misdemeanor cost if caught, and the expansion of on-line marketplaces,” NRF famous on its web site.

 A witness captured a group of women running out of a San Francisco CVS Pharmacy with bags allegedly stuffed full of stolen items as a spree of retail thefts continue to plague the city. Experts say the rash of thefts in San Francisco and other cities by organized theft rings are part of a failure to prosecute criminals for such crimes.  

 A witness captured a gaggle of girls working out of a San Francisco CVS Pharmacy with luggage allegedly stuffed stuffed with stolen objects as a spree of retail thefts proceed to plague town. Consultants say the rash of thefts in San Francisco and different cities by organized theft rings are a part of a failure to prosecute criminals for such crimes.  
(KTVU)

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San Francisco District Lawyer Chesa Boudin is at the moment dealing with a recall election culminating in a vote on June 7. The Recall Chesa Boudin Committee claims that the DA has didn’t implement prison legal guidelines and maintain criminals accountable.

“Underneath Boudin, elected November, 2019, our metropolis’s prison justice system has as a substitute been upended,” reads a press release on the group’s web site. “Criminals are emboldened resulting from lack of accountability; these perpetrators arrested are merely let go, commit extra crimes, and sadly, many are lethal.”

Fox Information’ Matt Leach contributed to this report.

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