In a video taken inside a San Francisco Walgreens, a thief can be seen calmly filling a big garbage bag with stolen items from the store's shelves -- in full view of security personnel and customers.
The broad daylight robbery was the latest in a rash of retail thefts that have plagued San Francisco, forcing several businesses to permanently close their doors. “Seventeen Walgreens over the last five years, almost every Gap retail outlet is gone,” says City Supervisor Ahsha Safai.
The latest incident comes one month after Safai urged the district attorney to coordinate an effort with the police department to take on the crime wave. "It might even involve a more aggressive effort when it comes to surveillance cameras, because you see the same individual hitting multiple locations," Safai says. "Then you can begin to have a deeper conversation about bringing multiple charges."
Did something change in San Francisco to make this start happening? If the problem's so bad the businesses are shutting down, should there already be a coordinated response?
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