San Francisco Chronicle Is Missing the Point on Walgreens Shoplifting, Industry Expert Says

A worker stocks a new Walgreens store in Chicago, Ill. January 9, 2012. (John Gress/Reuters)

A San Francisco Chronicle story that cites police shoplifting data to cast doubt on Walgreens’s explanation that organized, rampant retail theft is the reason it is closing five more stores in the city misses the point by downplaying that most shoplifting cases in the city are never reported to law enforcement, a California retail advocate told National Review.

According to police data published by the Chronicle on Friday, two of the five stores that Walgreens is closing have reported fewer retail thefts so far in 2021 compared with 2020. One store has reported only three retail thefts this year. Another has

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Ryan Mills is an enterprise and media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.


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