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A viral TikTok video shows a shoplifting attempt fail spectacularly after the alleged shoplifter was left behind by her getaway driver.

The video clip shows the alleged shoplifter with a rack full of Nike pants from a Hibbett Sports store at the Edwardsville Marketplace in Illinois.

The alleged shoplifter is seen pounding on the car window and yelling for the getaway driver to unlock the door.

The getaway driver abandons his accomplice after spotting a police officer arriving in the parking lot.

The woman threw down the rack of pants and attempted to flee on foot but the cop gave chase and slapped the cuffs on her.

The hilarious video garnered over 2.6 million likes on TikTok.

The video is captioned: "Wait for it... When shoplifters take ALL the Nike but forget to unlock the door."

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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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Yesterday, I told you about a Los Angeles stylist who accused Usher Raymond of shoplifting. Now more stories about Usher's sticky fingers have surfaced online.

On Monday, April 12, Brian Jimenez tweeted: "When I used to work retail, usher walked in and tried on a $2,000 jacket. He chopped it up for a bit while still having it on. Then this dude dabs me up and walks out with the jacket."

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Now another Twitter user claims Usher was banned from the New York boutique where she worked for walking out without paying for merchandise.

Usher apparently perfected his boosting game. He would try on merchandise and then simply "forget" he had it on.

A Twitter user wrote: "Usher was banned from my store for this same sh*t."

She added:

"I feel like I need to clarify this isn’t a current employer, this was 10 years ago in Soho when I worked at Atrium. He was banned and so was his ex-wife. He would just steal, she would just try to return sh*t he clearly wore covered in make up."

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Apparently, boosting is common among celebrities. Boutiques normally eat the loss -- especially if the celebrity spends thousands of dollars in the store in previous or future visits.

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A Los Angeles stylist caused a buzz on Twitter.com when he accused R&B crooner Usher Raymond of stealing a $2,000 jacket from a boutique.

On Monday, April 12, Brian Jimenez tweeted: "When I used to work retail, usher walked in and tried on a $2,000 jacket. He chopped it up for a bit while still having it on. Then this dude dabs me up and walks out with the jacket."

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Jiminez took offense when one of his followers accused him of looking the other way because Usher was a celebrity.

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The allegation comes after a stripper accused Usher of passing fake "Usher Bucks" at the Las Vegas strip club where she works.

The stripper, @beel0ove, took to Twitter to post a photo of the bills.

"Ladies what would you do if you danced all night for usher and he threw this??" she asked. The dancer asked her followers to "blast" the father-of-three for passing fake bucks.

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However, a source tells Page Six it was a big misunderstanding.

"He and his crew converted thousands of real dollars to tip the girls dancing on the stage," and "left a generous tip for the staff!"

Sources close to Usher tell TMZ that somebody in his crew left some Usher Bucks behind on the stage as a joke. But the ladies weren't laughing. They work hard for the money.

Usher's Las Vegas residency at Caesar's Palace is set to begin in July 2021.

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Police in Smyrna, Tennessee are searching for a woman who is wanted for assaulting a police officer during a robbery.

Laquanashaneachia Leach is wanted for assaulting a police officer and a bystander after she was caught shoplifting at an Alta beauty supply store on Industrial Boulevard in Smyrna.

When police responded to a 911 call reporting a shoplifting in progress, Leach tried to leave the store.

She allegedly assaulted an officer and a passenger in a vehicle that was rammed by Leach fleeing in her car.

She was able to get away, but she will be charged with 2 counts of aggravated assault, 2 counts of leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, once count of an accident involving damage to a vehicle, and evading arrest by motor vehicle.

Anyone with information on Laquanashaneachia Leach's location is asked to call Smyrna PD Detective Allan Nabours at 615-267-5434.

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California's Prop 47 is being blamed for a sharp rise in shoplifting and home burglaries. A shocking video shows a team of females on a shoplifter spree at a Walgreens in San Francisco, a Democrat stronghold city.

The video shows two females wearing black hoodies and face masks, emptying store shelves and throwing makeup into black garbage bags as Walgreens employees look on helplessly.

The shoplifters flee when an employee calls 911 to report the robbery in progress. But critics of the law say calling 911 is a waste of time.

Even if cops caught them in the act, they can't arrest them if the stolen items are worth less than $950. That means criminals can each steal over $300,000 worth of goods annually in California.

Even the homeless are taking advantage of the lax law enforcement in California. They steal beer and anything else that it isn't locked up behind glass.

A single mom told Fox News that Prop 47 is a godsend for low-income women with children.

"If my babies need diapers or formula, who is going to get that for me? No one. I have to do it. They aren't out here arresting people for (shoplifting) and everyone knows it."

Twitter users expressed their anger and frustration at Democrats and liberal lawmakers who give thieves a license to steal without consequences.
 

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A routine shoplifting trip to a Family Dollar store ended with the termination of one of the Phoenix officers who responded to the scene.

Iesha Harper, 24, and Dravon Ames, 22, took their daughters - ages 1 and 4 - to the Family Dollar on May 27.

After leaving the store with items they didn't pay for, the couple complained that the police pulled their car over and pointed guns in their faces.

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The store employees had called the cops, saying they believed the family stole items from the store. A worker had observed the 4-year-old girl leaving the store with a doll.

Cell phone video shows the cops pointing guns at the family and ordering them out of their car. The video quickly went viral, and social media activists went nuts. The drama escalated because the family was Black and the cops were Caucasian.

On Tuesday, Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams said one of the cops, Officer Christopher Meyer, was notified of his termination.

A disciplinary review board had recommended he receive a 6-week suspension, but Williams, who is Black, said the punishment was "not sufficient to reverse the adverse effects on our department and our community."

"I expect more. You deserve more," she said, according to the NY Daily News. "Unlike other professions, we don't have a luxury of a do-over."

Harper, who was five months pregnant at the time of the incident, approved of Meyer's firing - although she said she had hoped both officers would lose their jobs.

"I think I might be able to get a good night's rest for once knowing that he's fired, and it won't happen to no one else," she said. "I think it's a step in the right direction."

The second officer seen in the video received a reprimand for using foul language.

The family filed a $10 million lawsuit against the city.
 

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Big box retail and grocery store chains are struggling to combat increasing shoplifting offenses in their stores.

One Atlanta grocery store has come up with a controversial solution for a decades long shoplifting problem: caged grocery store aisles.

Customers who enter the College Park Kroger in South Fulton, southwest of Atlanta, are confronted with a second set of doors and glass facade inside the store.

Customers argue that the glass enclosure is racist and makes them feel like caged animals. They worry that they will be trapped inside the enclosure with the criminals.

"I think it's kind of racist you definitely see that here on Old National," a mother of three told CBS46 News.

"You won't see that in Fayetteville or maybe Cobb County anywhere, doubt it," said the mother.

Others expressed their anger in social media posts featuring photos of the enclosure.

But some Atlantans agreed the security measure is necessary to prevent major grocery store chains from moving their stores out of high crime neighborhoods.

They see the cages as a short-term solution to a long-term problem. South Fulton residents who don't own cars would be forced to take public transportation to other neighborhoods to buy groceries.

The College Park Kroger store is the only one in the area with the controversial security installation.

CBS46 reporter Jamie Kennedy asked customers if they knew that shoplifting and theft were issues at the store. "Yes I have, I have, yeah, quite a bit," said a longtime Kroger shopper.

Other shoppers tell CBS46 that many people take things from shelves and use them in the bathroom without paying.

A South Fulton police officer who moonlights at the store said the College Park Kroger doesn't have more shoplifting incidents than other stores in the area.

In a statement to CBS46, a Kroger spokesperson was unapologetic:

"Thank you for reaching out to us. These changes are being implemented to help improve operational efficiencies, provide better inventory management and increase profitability. We take pride in keeping our shelves fully stocked with the items our customers want and need and we believe these changes, which are part of a pilot project, will help us do so."