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Video Highlights Growing Frustration Over Shoplifting in San Francisco

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A pedestrian walks by a Walgreens store on April 5, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. (Justin Sullivan via Getty Images)

Earlier this week, a video surfaced showing a man filling a bag with items in a San Francisco Walgreens then exiting the store on his bike with the stolen goods as onlookers and a security guard filmed him. This is the latest evidence of a problem that retailers say is driving them out of the city.  Now, some in the retail and grocery industries are demanding a focus on solving these types of crimes and harsher penalties for theft. We discuss the scale of organized retail crime in San Francisco, what communities it’s targeting, and what can be done about it.



Ahsha Safai, District 11 supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Rachel Michelin, president, California Retailers Association

Shirin Oloumi, assistant district attorney, San Francisco