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After petition to recall him, San Francisco D.A. finally charges a shoplifter, who stole $40k worth of merchandise from Target

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Chesa Boudin, raised by members of the radical Weather Underground, brings a unique background to the race for San Francisco district attorney. (Mark Z. Barabak/Los Angeles Times/TNS)


Don Sweeney

The Sacramento Bee

Nov. 18—A woman accused of stealing $40,000 in products from a single Target store in scores of thefts over the course of a year has been arrested, San Francisco, California officials said.

“Our office will be charging her with more than 100 separate thefts from Target,” wrote District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Twitter, calling the woman a “prolific” thief.

The woman, arrested Wednesday, Nov. 17 at the Target store in Stonestown Galleria where the thefts took place, faces 120 misdemeanor counts of petty theft and eight felony counts of grand theft, a news release from Boudin’s office said.

She stole from October 2020 to November 2021, mostly by using self-checkout kiosks and “paying” for products with a dollar or sometimes only a penny before leaving the store with them, the release said.

Boudin told The San Francisco Chronicle that the woman stole laundry detergent and other items that are easily resold for profit.

“The suspect in this case has been a particularly brazen and prolific retail theft offender,” said San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott in the release.

The arrest is part of a crackdown on retail theft and shoplifting in the city, officials said. The district attorney’s office is working with multiple agencies on numerous other investigations.

“We are committed to stopping those who participate in organized retail theft, including by dismantling the fencing networks that make this type of crime profitable,” Boudin said in the release.

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