TV camera crew films cheeky shoplifter stealing from San Francisco Walgreens – during live news report of rampant store thefts
- A man was seen stealing an air mattress from behind a Walgreens cash register
- He was caught red-handed by a news camera crew who reported on the spot about rampant shoplifting at the store
- The man picked up the mattress and casually left the store on an electric scooter
- The location is the third Walgreens to close this year due to theft
A man was caught on camera stealing a mattress from a San Francisco Walmart during a news report of rampant shoplifting at the same location.
Inside Edition cameras were at the Walmart location near Jefferson Square Park, reporting how excessive shoplifting had left the shelves bare, leading the company to close the location on Nov. 11.
While cameras were rolling earlier in October, a man in a balaclava was seen jumping over the seemingly unmanned checkout counter and stealing an inflatable air mattress, Inside Edition said.
A man was caught jumping over the checkout wall at a Walgreens and stealing an air mattress during a news report of rampant shoplifting in the store
The man was not stopped or questioned as he left the store on an electric scooter
A woman is then seen holding the shop door open, as the man is making a leisurely escape on an electric scooter.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that earlier in the month, when asked where all the items normally on the shelves had disappeared, a store clerk from the same store had said, “Just ask the people in the alleys, they’ve got it all.”
The paper reported that shortly after the receptionist spoke, a man wearing a coronavirus-style face mask came in, filled his bag with two shelves of snacks and left the store. As he passed the till, you heard a paying customer shout, “Don’t you want a drink with that?”
The paper reported that there are two homeless camps across the street from the Walgreens and that both the encampment and the theft by the community were discussed ahead of the coronavirus shutdown in March.
Locals told the paper that a police car and two officers had been posted outside the Walgreens for a while, which seemed to deter shoplifters. But when a pandemic needed officers to move elsewhere, the theft would have returned in full force.
The shelves of the Walgreens location are shown bare after being gutted by shoplifters
A woman was seen holding the door open for the man who stole the air mattress
The Walgreens location (pictured) has been the target of shoplifters in recent months. A nearby CVS has avoided a similar fate by having a security guard in the store
However, it’s been a different story at the location of competitor CVS, a block away, where the shelves were said to be fully stocked and guarded by a security guard.
The Walgreens location seen in the video is one of three San Francisco locations that have been closed so far due to excessive shoplifting, KRON reported.
It was the target of so many shoplifters that the company had just decided to shut it down for good.
Local businessmen told the news channel that they had seen groups of people walking out of the Walgreens location for months with garbage bags of merchandise for several months.
At least half a dozen of the drugstore chain’s stores in other locations are expected to close before the end of the year due to claims of rampant shoplifting.
San Francisco Police said in a statement to KRON that the department “ works closely with all members of the public we serve, including businesses. We are always reviewing crime trends and tackling staff to accommodate fluctuations in crime. ‘
Police also said they are patrolling officers on foot in the area.
California law states that theft of property worth less than $ 950 is treated as a non-violent crime and the maximum penalty for petty theft is six months in prison. It is said that suspects are often released on conditions, rather than serving time.
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