A 41-year-old woman whom authorities described as a “productive retail thief” is facing a series of charges of allegedly stealing $ 40,000 worth of items from a San Francisco target that has been plagued by rude thieves who have stolen convenience stores, some times. in the presence of security personnel and customers, forcing some to close several places in the city.
Aziza Graves was arrested at the same time in Stonestown Galleria where she is said to have been involved in 120 theft incidents. The thefts took place between October 2020 and November this year, the prosecution said.
“The suspect in this case has been a particularly rude and productive theft criminal,”[ads1]; San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said in a statement. “We hope this case – like many others with which we cooperate with our local prosecutors – sends a strong message to potential shoplifters that their illegal behavior will not be tolerated in San Francisco.”
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Graves is charged with eight counts of aggravated theft and 120 counts of petty theft. She was arrested after Target contacted the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office to request an investigation.
As part of the alleged scheme, Graves used self-checkout kiosks after selecting items from the Target store, authorities said. She wanted to scan the goods and reportedly send in cash payments of $ 1, or sometimes a cent.
She would then allegedly leave the store with the goods without completing the transaction.
Coordinated crime spreads where suspects have quickly searched stores have forced retailers to limit opening hours and in some cases close stores.
During the summer, Target reduced operating hours at five of its San Francisco locations. In October, the Walgreens announced that they would close five locations throughout the city in the midst of ongoing thefts.
“Due to ongoing organized retail crime“We have made the difficult decision to close five stores throughout San Francisco,” a Walgreens spokesman told FOX Business in a statement at the time. “Each store will transfer prescriptions to a nearby Walgreens location within a radius of one kilometers, and we expect to place stores’ team members elsewhere nearby. “
San Francisco has seen some of the most brutal acts of retail theft in recent months. In an incident captured on video, a thief in a Walgreens was seen throwing objects in a garbage bag before getting on a bicycle and sliding through the aisle and out the door.
In July. Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to fight organized retail gangs. The bill designated organized retail theft as a crime, a term that lapsed on July 1st. It also applies to those who work with thieves to steal or receive stolen goods and those who recruit or organize thefts.
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Earlier this year, the California Retailers Association said the state was home to three cities – San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento – with some of the highest organized retail crime in the nation.
Graves is being held in jail and is expected to appear in court on Thursday. Bail has not been set in her case, according to prison records.