SAN FRANCISCO — Walgreens stated Tuesday that it’ll shut 5 more stores in San Francisco subsequent month due to organized retail theft in one other blow to a metropolis that has earned an embarrassing fame for widespread and brazen shoplifting.
The stores will shut down subsequent month, SFGATE reported. It stated Walgreens has closed at the very least 10 stores within the metropolis because the begin of 2019.
“Retail theft throughout our San Francisco stores has continued to extend previously few months to 5 instances our chain common” regardless of massive will increase in safety, Walgreens spokesperson Phil Caruso stated.
San Francisco Supervisor Ahsha Safai stated he was devastated by the lack of a Mission Road retailer that “has been a staple for seniors, households and youngsters for many years.”
“This is a sad day for San Francisco,” Safai instructed SFGATE. (*5*)
Final 12 months, Walgreens closed one retailer the place the chain stated it was dropping $1,000 a day to thefts.
Frustration and concern over thefts have been fueled by extensively circulating pictures of shoplifting caught on video. This summer time, shoplifters in masks carrying armfuls of designer purses sprinted from a downtown Neiman Marcus division retailer and into getaway vehicles.
In June, a masked man was caught on video at a Walgreens, stuffing objects right into a trash bag earlier than cruising out of the shop on a bicycle. A suspect was arrested in that theft.
Final month, Mayor London Breed and Police Chief Invoice Scott introduced that they’ll dedicate more police, beef up coordination and make it simpler to report shoplifters.
The technique goals to counter thieving that has added to the liberal metropolis’s fame as being mushy on crime.
“We care about felony justice reform. We care about second probabilities. We care about ensuring that individuals are not wrongly accused,” Breed in asserting the brand new measures. “But don’t take our kindness for weakness, our compassion for weakness.”