The alleged shoplifterr seen in a widely released video stealing a bag full of items while cycling inside a San Francisco Walgreens faces 15 charges in connection with theft and other shoplifting , the authorities said on Wednesday.
The charges against Jean Lugo-Romero, 40, include petty theft, mass theft, several counts of second-degree theft, second-degree burglary and commercial shoplifting, the office said. San Francisco District Attorney.
Investigators linked it to seven other shoplifting incidents that allegedly occurred between May 11 and Saturday.
âLocal businesses and neighborhood stores are the backbone of our community, and we strive to protect San Francisco stores and consumers,â said San Francisco District Attorney Boudin.
Video footage posted online shows a man inside a Walgreens on Gough Street tossing items into a garbage bag before getting on a bicycle and crossing an aisle to exit the store, according to the footage that was captured by local KGO-TV reporter Lyanne Melendez.
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A security guard who also filmed the alleged theft attempted to grab the bag as the thief walked away.
Prosecutors allege Lugo-Romero hit the same Walgreens on Gough Street at least four times.
He was arrested shortly after 8:30 a.m. on Saturday while in another Haight Street store, the San Francisco Police Department said. Officers recognized him and found him “emptying cosmetics shelves and placing the merchandise in a sports bag,” SFPD said.
Investigators determined he stole merchandise worth $ 978, police said. The thefts took place amid a wave of retail crime in San Francisco and other cities.
âUnfortunately, this is another egregious example of retail theft that is an ongoing problem for many retailers in San Francisco,â a Walgreens spokesperson told Fox News.
Fox News has contacted the retailer but has not received a response.
In response to shoplifting, Boudin’s office is partnering with ALTO, a loss prevention and security service to coordinate retailers, police and prosecutors. The prosecutor’s office has also partnered with the California Highway Patrol’s Retail Organized Crime Task Force to disrupt retail organized crime.
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“We will continue to develop new ways to focus upstream efforts to tackle the root of these crimes,” Boudin said.
Fox News’s Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.