Shoplifters in California Murder Store Employee Who Tried to Stop Them Stealing
The Rite Aid employee was dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Police Department said
California’s soaring property crime turned deadly after a Rite Aid employee confronted two shoplifters.
The employee at the city’s Glassell Park neighborhood attempted to stop two men from leaving with two cases of beer as one of the men fired at him.
The Rite Aid employee was dead at the scene, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The two men fled the area on foot, Fox News reported.
The employee was identified by police as Miguel Penaloza, 36, of Los Angeles.
The LAPD released images of the two suspects from the shooting.
Los Angeles police have released images of two men suspected in the fatal shooting of a Rite Aid employee this week in Glassell Parkhttps://t.co/nkx21lON96— KTLA (@KTLA) July 17, 2021
Several brazen retail thefts were also captured on camera in San Francisco as this type of crime skyrockets in California
In the video, several suspects are seen leaving a Nieman Marcus store with arms full of stolen purses.
Cell phone video taken inside a #SanFrancisco Walgreens shows a man packing a garbage bag full of items while multiple people, including security filmed from feet away. Video shows him riding right past them on his bike down the aisle and out the door. https://t.co/llBFeD1cjp pic.twitter.com/9BwSHuTVII— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) June 15, 2021
San Francisco Democrat leaders pushed back against such negative stories citing the city’s midyear public safety report.
SFPD confirms this shoplifting incident at Neiman Marcus in Union Square at about 5:49 pm.— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) July 6, 2021
A man I spoke w/tonite says his wife works in area, saw it happen & sent me this video which is circulating online.
Handbags at Palo Alto NM were also stolen in a similar fashion in May pic.twitter.com/KOSY8sbaGO
Los Angeles was #1 on its list of cities affected by organized retail crime, according to the National Retail Federation‘s annual survey from 2020.
The news comes as many police departments in California are short-staffed and under-funded.
Pair that with California’s gun control laws at the state and local level, which have only served to erode the Second Amendment rights of the state’s law-abiding citizens, and it appears there may be little to stop these criminals from becoming more emboldened — and possibly murderous — in their criminal acts.