Citing “organized retail crime,” and lax penalties for criminals, Walgreens has announced the closures of five more retail locations in the San Francisco Bay area according to the New York Post .
“San Fran shoplifters have been emboldened by a referendum that lowered the penalty for stealing goods worth less than $950 from a felony to a misdemeanor, cops and prosecutors have said,” said the Post .
A Walgreens spokesman said that, despite adding extra security, retail theft has continued to climb.
“Retail theft across our San Francisco stores has continued to increase in the past few months to five times our chain average” despite large increases in security, Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso said, according to ABCNews .Organized crime theft rings are responsible for much of the increase said law enforcement officials according to the San Francisco Chronicle .Viral videos have featured criminals engaged in “grab-and-go” crime in San Francisco, brazenly ignoring […]
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