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.
"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.
SFPD confirms this shoplifting incident at Neiman Marcus in Union Square at about 5:49 pm.
A man I spoke w/tonite says his wife works in area, saw it happen & sent me this video which is circulating online.
Handbags at Palo Alto NM were also stolen in a similar fashion in May pic.twitter.com/KOSY8sbaGO
— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) July 6, 2021
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.
San Francisco DA doesn’t prosecute theft. This is the result.
All business owners will close their stores and leave the city. It’s inevitable. pic.twitter.com/vwFX0y1R9B
— Marina Medvin ?? (@MarinaMedvin) June 15, 2021