Walgreens To Close 5 Stores In San Francisco, Citing ‘Organized’ Shoplifting

Walgreens disclosed in an August 2019 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would be closing 200 locations in the United States as part of a cost-savings initiative.

Employees at the five San Francisco stores that are closing next month will continue to work at other Walgreens locations, and customers will have their prescriptions transferred to nearby stores, the company said.

On June 19, the San Francisco Police Department said that it had arrested the man in the shoplifting video that was recorded at the Walgreens location on Gough Street. Investigators said that they connected the man, Jean Lugo-Romero, 40, to a string of thefts from merchants in the Northern and Mission districts.

Mr. Lugo-Romero faces robbery and burglary charges in connection with five separate occasions in which he targeted the Walgreens store on Gough Street, including on four consecutive days in late May and early June, the authorities said.

The San Francisco Public Defender’s office in San Francisco said on Thursday that Mr. Lugo-Romero was getting the help that he needs.

“Mr. Lugo Romero spent several months in custody and is now in a residential treatment program where he will receive counseling and housing,” Semuteh Freeman, a deputy public defender, said in a statement. “As an indigent individual suffering from housing instability, he needed services and he’s now getting them.”

Source : https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/13/us/walgreens-store-closures-san-francisco.html

257
Walgreens to Close 5 Stores in San Francisco, Citing ‘Organized’ Shoplifting

Source:New York Times

Walgreens to Close 5 Stores in San Francisco, Citing ‘Organized’ Shoplifting

Walgreens plans to close 5 San Francisco stores, citing rampant shoplifting and organized retail crime

Source:YAHOO!News

Walgreens plans to close 5 San Francisco stores, citing rampant shoplifting and organized retail crime