Walgreens To Shut Five San Francisco Stores Over Rampant Theft Cases

Pharmacy chain Walgreens Co. said on Tuesday that it would be shutting down five more stores at San Francisco, given the rampant thefts happening all over the city.

A company spokesperson told Fox Business, "Due to ongoing organized retail crime, we have made the difficult decision to close five stores across San Francisco. Each store will transfer prescriptions to a nearby Walgreens location within a mile radius and we expect to place the stores' team members in other nearby locations."

The areas where the Walgreen stores will be shutting shop are 2250 Ocean Ave, 4645 Mission Street, 745 Clement Street, 300 Gough Street and 3400 Cesar Chavez Street. Since 2019, the company has shut down at least 10 stores in the Californian capital.

Walgreens said that thefts at its retail stores has increased to five times the chain average during the last few months and to counter the problem, the company had ramped up security services at its stores to 46 times more than the usual store security.

The California Retailers Association said that the cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento reported the highest number of organized retail crime in the nation in the summer season.

According to critics, a California state referendum passed in 2014 downsized threat of property to a misdemeanor, if it is less than $950 or less.

To counter the theft menace, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Police Chief Bill Scott had announced in September that a system would soon be in place under which shoplifters can be easily reported and more police personnel will be deployed to this issue.

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