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San Francisco Safeway cuts hours, cites 'off the charts' shoplifting: 'An equity problem'
Surge in shoplifting leading to store closures
Former NYPD detective Oscar Odom explains on ‘The Evening Edit’ why a surge of shoplifting is happening around the nation.
A Safeway location in San Francisco cut hours over "off the charts" shoplifting that has plagued the city for months.
"I think like a lot of retailers they’ve been experiencing increasing property crime and theft from their stores," San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman told CBS SF. "I think the last 6 months from what they say has been sort of – off the charts in terms of how bad it’s been. It’s sad, upsetting and frustrating."
The Safeway location in SF’s Castro neighborhood previously was open 24 hours a day, but will now operate from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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Mandelman said he is currently working on organizing a meeting with Safeway leaders, San Francisco police and the district attorney to address the crime. He added to the outlet that Safeway employees told him that police rarely make arrests for a property crime by the time they make it to the scene.