Shoplifting and car break-ins are becoming more brazen in San Francisco and residents, business owners and employees told Fox News they’re becoming increasingly frustrated.
“This is really bad. I’ve been in the Bay area 20 years, I’ve never seen this,” a local security guard, J.C. Hernandez, told Fox News.
“It’s just lawlessness,” he continued. “People are just openly coming in and stealing stuff.”
One local employee, Gianni, who didn’t want to give his last name, told Fox News: “It’s getting worse and worse.”
California Retail Association President Rachel Michelin told Fox News the extent of the problem “blows your mind away.” She said multi-millions of dollars worth of merchandise is being stolen from retailers in San Francisco and the money is ultimately used by crime syndicates.
Shoplifters aren’t stealing “one or two items that someone might need to get by,” San Francisco Police Department spokesman Robert Rueca told Fox News. “Our investigations have shown that there are organized fences where people are selling these products that they steal.”