neiman marcus san francisco shoplifting
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Screencapture of shoplifters fleeing a San Francisco Neiman Marcus store.
Police in San Francisco said late Monday they were investigating a brazen robbery at a high-end retail store in the center of the city.

KTVU reported that the incident occurred at about closing time at a Neiman Marcus location. Citing witnesses, the outlet said display cases were smashed and items were lifted from racks inside the store before the suspects fled.

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video.

Dion Lim, an anchor for KGO-TV, reported that city police confirmed the "shoplifting incident" at a Neiman Marcus at about 6 p.m. in Union Square. She tweeted that she was sent the video by a person whose wife works in the vicinity.


The KTVU report said the suspects could be seen sprinting from the stores with some of the items, including what appeared to be handbags. They ran into getaway cars.

Neiman Marcus did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News.

Last month, a video emerged on social media that showed a man on a bicycle fill up a garbage bag with items inside a San Francisco Walgreens and leave the store without being stopped.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported at the time that Walgreens closed 17 stores in the city in the last five years.

The paper, citing a regional vice president from May, reported that Walgreens spends 35 times more on security guards at stores in the city than in other U.S. locations, and theft at these locations is four times higher than in other stores.

Late last week, Target announced six San Francisco stores will be limiting store hours as a result of too many shoplifters: Stores will now close at 6 p.m instead of 10 p.m.