A cyclist thief who went viral last year when video footage of a theft from a Walgreens in San Francisco and then a video of him leaving a retail store with a large bag of stolen goods spread on social media was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Monday. Prison.
San Francisco prosecutors say Jean Lugo Romero has pleaded guilty to felony burglary, petty theft and a one-year probation in addition to his prison term.
He was instructed to stay away from two Walgreens employees, two Walgreens stores and a CVS store.
San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Baudin said in a statement, “Whether it is organized retail theft rings or the work of personal suspects, theft that affects our local business will not be tolerated.”
Footage of the incident shows a man on a bike throwing things into a black bag and being escorted by a security guard and another taking pictures of him on an isle. Investigators have linked Romero to other retail burglaries, including one involving a CVS where he cleaned cosmetic shelves worth about $ 1,000 and placed the items in a duffel bag.
The Walgreens incident happened as retail crime began to rise in several cities. However, San Francisco has seen some shameless acts of theft.
Ahmed Shabaz was also convicted on Monday of a series of petty thefts at three separate Walgreens stores. A jury found him guilty of multiple counts.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15. Shoplifting spree persuaded Walgreens to close multiple stores in San Francisco.
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