December 3, 2021

District attorneys from 7 Bay Area counties form alliance to combat organized retail theft

(*7*)SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Bay Area prosecutors are becoming a member of forces to combat organized retail theft.

Across the Bay Area, video after video has highlighted an enormous downside in latest days.

“This is not just a theft problem, this is organized,” stated San Mateo County District Legal professional Steve Wagstaffe.

Now, Bay Area Prosecutors are creating an alliance between Contra Costa, Alameda, San Francisco, Marin, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the place District Legal professional Steve Wagstaffe says speaking to each other will improve prosecutors’ means to be robust on crime.

“If somebody has committed the crimes in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara all in a single spree, the law will allow us to put that all together in one complaint, in one county, which we’ll get a heavier punishment that way,” stated Wagstaffe.

Till now, Wagstaffe says data sharing throughout counties has largely occurred between regulation enforcement businesses.

Yesterday, San Francisco District Legal professional Chesa Boudin introduced felony fees towards 9 individuals in reference to latest burglaries together with at Union Sq.’s Louis Vuitton.

VIDEO: SF District Legal professional Chesa Boudin recordsdata felony fees for 9 suspects in Union Sq. theft

“This is not a problem limited to San Francisco, we are seeing similar crimes occur across the Bay Area and around the country,” stated Boudin.

Wagstaffe tells ABC7 Information his workplace has beforehand prosecuted for theft a minimum of 2 of the 9 individuals arrested; 53-year-old Francill White and 28-year-old Kimberly Cherry, who a member of the family informed ABC7 Information are a mom and daughter, each dealing with fees linked to the Louis Vuitton theft.

Wagstaffe says a decide ordered an arrest warrant for Cherry after she failed to seem in court docket in San Mateo County in July.

On the organized nature of those crimes, Santa Clara County District Legal professional Jeff Rosen says there’s definitely coordination.

“What we’ve seen is that the goods are stolen in one place and sold in another place. And so that’s a network that we’re in the process of uncovering and taking down,” stated Rosen.

Whereas prosecutors see a possibility, a minimum of one public defender sees a possible downside.

Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods tells ABC7 Information, “I am concerned about the ‘one size fits all’ approach. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our communities. Many people are committing crimes out of economic desperation and despair. Simply incarcerating everyone involved in these types of theft crimes will not solve the root cause of the problem. This type of response has only led to the mass caging, or worse, of Black and brown people. It has never resulted in justice.”

Bay Area crimes, sparking conversations about our judicial system.