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World Los Angeles Rite Aid employee killed while attempting to stop shoplifter, police say

06:37  17 july  2021
06:37  17 july  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

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A Rite Aid employee in Los Angeles was shot and killed Wednesday while trying to stop a shoplifter from exiting the store, police said . (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez). The employee died at the scene and the suspects fled on foot, police said . San Francisco officials said this week that robberies were down despite footage of daytime thefts. In one video, a suspect is seen filling a garbage bag full of items inside a Walgreens as he was being recorded by customers and store staff. The suspected thief, identified by police as Jean Lugo-Romero, 40, fled on a bicycle he rode inside the

An attempt to stop a shoplifter at a Rite Aid in Hillsboro, Oregon, escalated to a scuffle as an employee tried to subdue the struggling woman. Witness footage shows a Rite Aid employee trying to detain a young woman in the store until police arrive. The unidentified woman had allegedly stolen two items from the pharmacy chain and put them in her purse. She repeatedly tells the unidentified male employee to 'let go' of her purse. When he refuses, she attempts to twist her purse out of his hands.

An employee at a Los Angeles Rite Aid was killed Wednesday while attempting to stop a shoplifter from leaving the store, police said, as a series of brazen retail thefts have gone viral in recent months across the country.

The employee, identified by the Los Angeles Police Department as a man in his 20s, confronted the gunman and another suspect around 8:45 p.m. at a Rite Aid location in the Glassell Park neighborhood.

The suspects were trying to exit the store with stolen items at the time and one of them opened fire, the LAPD told Fox News.

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I'm not saying that every CCW carrier out there out there is that far gone, but I do think that for a lot of people, the desire to carry a weapon comes from a potentially unhealthy place of insecurity and fear, which scares me. I've personally known people on both ends of that spectrum, one guy was very grounded, gun smart, emotionally stable and I never had a problem with him having a gun or his CCW license. FFS you only draw your gun and fire as a last resort when your life is in danger. You aren't supposed to use it on shoplifters !

Rite Aid has required customers to use face coverings in all store locations since July 21 in light of the coronavirus pandemic. When an employee asked Willis to cover his face, the sources said he seemed "disgruntled" and opted instead to leave without buying anything. In a statement to People, Willis admitted that he should have masked up before going into the Rite Aid . While the decision to quarantine with his ex raised some eyebrows, Scout appeared on a podcast where she helped clear things up.

The employee died at the scene and the suspects fled on foot, police said. No arrests have been made. The LAPD did not have a description of the suspects Friday. A police spokesman did not know if the store had a security guard present Wednesday night.

Calls to the store location went unanswered and Fox News has reached out to Rite Aid's corporate office but has not heard back.

The deadly attack comes amid a series of brazen retail thefts across the nation that have left retailers, particularly pharmacies and drug stores, on edge.

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San Francisco officials said this week that robberies were down despite footage of daytime thefts. In one video, a suspect is seen filling a garbage bag full of items inside a Walgreens as he was being recorded by customers and store staff. The suspected thief, identified by police as Jean Lugo-Romero, 40, fled on a bicycle he rode inside the store and was eventually arrested.

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In an attempt to stop him, the four of them began to scuffle. According to Cpl. One of the employee ’s injuries was considered life-threatening and he was sent to a Shreveport hospital, according to police . However, authorities expect him to be okay. The other male employee had non-life threatening injuries and the female employee was not stabbed, just pepper-sprayed.

Police said Johnson pulled out a knife when he was stopped by the employees and cut one of them on the arm. The employee let Johnson go and some of the hygiene products fell from the backpack as Johnson fled the store, the arrest report stated. Authorities said the incident was captured on surveillance video. According to the arrest report, Johnson was taken into custody Wednesday and denied having any involvement in the incident.

In another robbery caught on video at a Nieman Marcus in the city's Union Square, 10 people went in, snatched designer purses, and ran out to waiting cars.

"Those videos are not just going viral in San Francisco, they're going viral all over the world," San Francisco Mayor London Breed told reporters during a news briefing to announce the mid-year crime figures earlier this week. "But what's not going viral… is the fact that in almost every single instance our police department have arrested many of the people in these particular crimes."

A CVS official previously told Fox News it has closed at least two stores in the city, saying 85% of its losses in San Francisco were the result of "professional crime."

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In December the National Retail Federation (NRF) said Los Angeles was the top spot for organized retail crime, followed by Chicago and Miami. San Francisco placed fifth.

CVS and Walgreens employees in San Francisco are trained to be alert for retail theft but are warned not to confront suspected shoplifters. Security guards in retail chains have been attacked and some stores have opted to hire off-duty police officers.

Retailers have cited several reasons for an increase in organized retail thefts, including lax law enforcement guidelines and changes to penalties for shoplifting.

"Retailers are investing millions to fight these crimes, but they need more help from law enforcement and, most of all, they need tougher laws that recognize the difference between petty shoplifting and professional crime for profit," Mark Mathews, NRF Vice President for Research Development and Industry Analysis, said last year.

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