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Video of a brazen daytime shoplifting incident at a San Francisco Neiman Marcus has gone viral on social media.

Cellphone video shows a group of youths dashing out of the Neiman Marcus store after smashing display cases at the Union Square location on Monday.

Cell phone footage shows the youths fleeing the store while carrying handbags with security alarm tags still attached.

A few of the youths jumped into waiting luxury vehicles and made their getaway.

Dion Lim of KGO-TV tweeted the video and confirmed that a police officer was standing outside the store filming the incident on his cellphone. The officer's handcuffs are clearly visible on his gun belt.

Lim wrote:

"A man I spoke w/tonite says his wife works in area, saw it happen & sent me this video which is circulating online... He saw two suspects run in and immediately shut and locked the doors of the store he works at. He told me he then saw 8 more run in.

He says this happened to his store in the past it’s 'traumatizing' to him & his colleagues. Handbags at Palo Alto NM were also stolen in a similar fashion in May."

A customer inside the store at the time told Lim a sales associate herded customers into the back during the smash-and-grab crime spree.

Shoplifting is rampant in liberal San Francisco where Democratic city officials voted not to prosecute cases involving less than $950 worth of stolen merchandise.

Jean Lugo-Romero, a homeless man seen robbing a San Francisco Walgreens then fleeing on his bicycle, was arrested on June 19. He faces a total of 15 charges in connection with seven shoplifting incidents at Walgreens stores.

In an effort to combat the widespread thefts, the retail giant plans to close the remaining six stores early.

Walgreens has already shuttered 17 stores in the Bay Area.

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A CBS anchor went viral for excusing a shoplifter who rode his bike into a San Francisco Walgreens and cleaned the store out.

"CBS This Morning" co-host Tony Dokoupil went viral on Wednesday morning after he excused a man for stealing a trash bag full of goods and fleeing the store on a bicycle.

"So crime is never justified of course," said Dokoupil. He was interrupted by co-host Anthony Mason, saying, "I will say that I think they could have made a little better effort to stop that bicycle. I mean you could have disrupted that bike."

"Well, I mean, I don't know," Dokoupil said. "You don't need to be a hero over some toothbrushes or whatever it is."

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Dokoupil implied that the Black male shoplifter was "desperate" and probably needed essential items, such as a toothbrush and hair products.

"That reads also as an act of desperation. I mean, you're not getting rich off what you take from a Walgreens, you're getting probably something you need. I don't know the details of that particular case."

The incident happened at the Walgreens on the corner of Gough and Fell Streets in very liberal San Francisco.

The police stopped answering shoplifting calls after a 2014 ballot referendum downgraded property theft of less than $950 to a misdemeanor.

Now shoplifting is so routine in San Francisco, that shoplifters often sell their stolen merchandise on the sidewalk around the corner from the store they stole from.

ABC7 reporter Lyanne Melendez tweeted a video of the shoplifting incident on Monday, and her video went viral.

Pop singer Aubrey O'Day was also criticized for saying shoplifting is justified because Walgreens' CEO earns millions of dollars in bonuses.

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A security guard pulled out his cell phone when a thief rode a bicycle into a San Francisco Walgreens and filled a large trash bag with merchandise.

The incident happened at the Walgreens on the corner of Gough and Fell Streets in very liberal San Francisco.

Shoplifting is so routine in stores in San Francisco, California, that employees don't attempt to stop thieves.

The police stopped answering shoplifting calls after a 2014 ballot referendum downgraded property theft of less than $950 to a misdemeanor.

ABC7 reporter Lyanne Melendez tweeted a video of the shoplifting occurring in full view of a security guard who filmed the incident on his cell phone.

The security guard made a half-hearted attempt to grab the shopping bag stuffed full of goods as the thief cycled by.

According to the New York Times, Walgreens has closed 17 of its stores due to rampant theft in San Francisco.

Ahsha Safaí, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, said thieves shoplift out of the Walgreens, then sell the goods on the street right around the corner from the store.

"Half of Walgreens was on the sidewalk. I'm not kidding," Safaí said. "I was blown away. I’ve never seen anything like it in this city."

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A man who brutally beat his girlfriend on surveillance video at his workplace was released from jail on an appearance ticket Tuesday.

Jay Vazquez-Paulino was seen on video repeatedly punching and kicking his girlfriend at the Superior Package Company, where he works. At one point in the video, he is seen going outside to retrieve a knife.

He then reentered the building and threw the knife at the young woman, barely missing her head by inches.

As Vazquez-Paulino cruelly punched and kicked his girlfriend, his co-workers filed past, apparently uncaring or unwilling to help the woman.

Vazquez-Paulino's criminal charges included criminal possession of a weapon, attempted assault, and harassment.

"The fact that he is captured on video goes further showing the strength of the case and the fact that he did have an intention to do harm here," said Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler.

"The real issue here is that this gentleman was released with a ticket and given an order of protection and again is free to terrorize this woman, which in domestic cases there should be bail and ... a cooling off period to allow parties to cool off."

New Yorkers expressed outrage at Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Governor Andrew Cuomo over their no cash bail reform that went into effect on January 1.

The cash bail reform bill prevents cash bail for "non-violent" criminals who normally can't afford to post bond.

But residents say cash bail is necessary to keep a certain element of criminals off the streets. The sad truth is that detainees who can't afford bond tend to be the most violent and commit more crimes.

A serial bank robber who robbed a 6th bank after he was released without cash bail on Jan. 8 turned himself in on Friday, Jan. 17.

"I can't believe they let me out," Gerod Woodberry said as police handed him two $25 gift cards and a free transit voucher when he was released on Jan. 8.

A pretrial hearing scheduled for Sunday was canceled when Woodberry's family was unable to demonstrate how much money they could put up to spring him again, the NY Daily News reported.

Fed up prosecutor Jack Dennehy asked Sunday that Woodberry be held without bail, arguing he is "a danger to the community." But Magistrate Judge Steven Gold said Woodberry will get bail, according to the News.
 

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Criminals are having a field day in Democrat-controlled New York City where the no cash bail reform law went into effect on January 1.

The no cash bail reform law, enacted by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, ends cash bail for "non-violent" crimes.

Petty crimes are "through the roof," according to New Yorkers on social media. One social media user posted a video showing a New York resident destroying makeup counters at Bloomingdales in New York City.

Well-heeled shoppers fled as the man turned over display tables and smashed glass counters.

If the man is arrested, he will be back on the streets within hours, thanks to the no bail reform law.

Question: Have you been personally affected by NY's no cash bail reform? Post your experiences in the comments section.
 

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Serial bank robber Gerod Woodberry was shocked when a Manhattan Criminal Court judge let him go free without paying a cash bail after he knocked over another bank last week.

Woodberry, 42, was busted after allegedly hitting four Chase Bank branches in Chelsea, the Upper West Side and the West Village in one week.

On Jan. 9, he walked out of jail with a smile on his face. "I can't believe they let me out," he said as police handed him two $25 gift cards and a free transit voucher to take him anywhere he wanted to go.

"What were they thinking?" Woodberry said as he left.

According to the NY Post, Woodberry headed to a bank branch and slid a note to a teller.

He walked out of the bank $1,000 richer. It was his fifth bank robbery since December 30, 2019.

On Tuesday, he struck again. This time he entered the Citibank on Third Avenue near East 49th Street around 1:20 p.m. and passed a note to a teller.

"This is a robbery. Large bills only please," the note read, according to police sources.

But unlike his five previous bank heists, Woodberry fled empty handed, according to the Post.

"It fits the description and m.o. of him," said one high-ranking police source, referring to Woodberry, who is still at large.

When police do catch up to Woodberry, he will likely walk free again, thanks to his good manners and unfailing politeness while robbing banks without a weapon.

Woodberry's crime spree - and free get out of jail cards - are all thanks to NY mayor Bill de Blasio's no cash bail reform law that went into effect on Jan. 1.

The law prohibits cash bail for non-violent felony offenders - even bank robbers.

Manhattan Criminal Court judges have no choice but to let repeat offenders like Woodberry go free.

New Yorkers are furious over the new law. Many say they are growing frustrated with de Blasio and other Democrat lawmakers who have turned New York into a safe haven for criminals.

"It's a circus," one NYPD insider told the Post. "They made it this way, your local New York state politicians. Wait until a cop gets hurt responding, or a person fleeing the bank. We'll see how they feel after that."

The crime rate has gone "through the roof" according to a NY resident on Reddit.com.

One Long Island resident wrote that he lost a cousin who was killed by a drunk driver who had three previous DWIs. The resident said the driver was released without bail 10 days before he crashed into his cousin, killing him, while fleeing from police.

"He just walked out of the court room a free man with no bail again, while my family is planning a funeral," the resident wrote.

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